The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth is Gum Disease from Poor Gum Health
While you might think that most tooth loss is because of decay, it is not. The main reason is gum disease. It can be completely undetected up to the point of losing your teeth. If you do have the symptoms of bleeding gums or loose and shifting teeth, please contact us immediately. If you have been told that you need gum surgery to save your teeth, it is possible we can heal your gums with nonsurgical methods. These methods work best before gum infections have reached an advanced stage.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Medical research has made the link between gum disease and health conditions like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. These conditions are serious, and it is apparent that gum disease can have more of an effect than tooth loss. The American Dental Association estimates that over three-quarters of the American population have some stage of gum disease. Most dentists consider this to be an epidemic, especially now that the connection to potentially fatal health concerns has been made.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that “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.”
Now the Good News
If gum disease is left untreated and is at an advanced stage, the treatment will be surgical. If it is treated in earlier stages, there are very effective nonsurgical procedures. Together with better dental hygiene, they will stop the disease and return the gums to good health. Both of these procedures are typically covered by dental insurance plans.
What’s so Bad about Losing a Tooth?
Is it a big deal to lose a tooth? Yes! Whatever the reason for tooth loss – gum disease, accident, or trauma – once there is a missing tooth, other teeth will eventually start to move. This has an effect on chewing and absorbing nutrients from your food. Missing teeth can give you a “sunken” look to your face and make you look older than your age. Speech can become slurred and make speaking embarrassing for you. It can be difficult to chew certain foods, so you may start to favor softer foods that are higher in calories, which results in weight gain.
We offer dental implants to replace missing teeth. They look natural and function just like a real tooth. You will be pleased to have a full set of teeth for a beautiful smile!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (828)385-5155.