Gum Health

The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth

Gum disease, not tooth decay, is the primary means by which most people lose their teeth. Unfortunately, it can remain completely unnoticed up to the very point your teeth are destroyed. Uncertain if it’s happening to you? Indicators are bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or shifting teeth. We can assist even if you’ve been told you require gum surgery. You’ll be happy to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with an array of non-surgical methods.

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Recent medical research has led doctors to a disturbing conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is often deadly, it is readily apparent that gum disease is no laughing matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. This large percentage would indicate an epidemic if this were any other affliction. In fact, most dentists think it is just that! They also realize that because most professionals believe “no one ever dies from it” gum disease will likely never be labeled an “epidemic.” The extreme situation means you will lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that thinking has all changed. The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” In short, the bacteria that destroy your gums can also migrate and destroy your vital organs!

Now the Good News

Most basic insurance plans pay for the surgical treatments necessary to treat advanced periodontal disease. Gum surgery is almost always successful in controlling the conditions present in severe cases. However, with mild periodontal disease, there are powerful NON-surgical procedures that, along with better dental hygiene, can virtually stop the development of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?

While you might believe that decay, accident, or other trauma would be the primary reason behind tooth loss, the true culprit is gum disease. So, is it a big issue to lose a tooth? I mean it won’t kill you, right? No, it won’t, but losing even a single tooth can make your other teeth alter their position, which is not good. Missing teeth reduce your capacity to chew and to receive nutrients from your food, which can cause weight loss. Or, because it’s more difficult to chew with missing teeth, you may begin favoring softer foods with more carbohydrates and gain weight. Other bad things may occur, including your speech being altered. Or, the bone loss resulting from the missing teeth may cause your face to change shape, producing a “sunken” appearance that can make you look much older than you really are. 

Designed to blend with your remaining teeth, dental implants can replace one tooth or multiples and are the best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth). They look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have trouble seeing the difference.

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (702) 341-9160.

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