Gum disease, not tooth decay, is the main reason for tooth loss. Unfortunately, it can remain undetected until it is too far gone. Are you experiencing the following symptoms: bleeding gums when you brush or floss, or loose or shifting teeth? Dr. Graham and Dr. Rider can assist you even if you've been told you need gum surgery. You see, obtaining better oral health and reversing gum disease is possible with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Medical studies indicate that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. A worrisome conclusion, since heart disease is commonly fatal, which means treating gum disease is indispensable to maintaining your overall health. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. These figures should warrant gum disease being managed as an epidemic. But because tooth loss is simply unpleasant, not immediately life threatening, the severity of the disease has been overlooked for far too long. However, that thought process is changing.
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." The bacteria that attack your gums, when you have periodontal disease, can permeate your tissue, move into your bloodstream, and create issues in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.
Most dental insurance plans pay for the treatment of periodontal disease. While in some extreme cases, surgery is still the optimal treatment, there are now powerful NON-surgical procedures that, combined with improved dental hygiene, can practically stop the spread of the disease.
Regardless of how you lose a tooth – gum disease, decay, accident or other trauma, you should consider it a big deal. Losing even a single tooth can cause your other teeth to change position – affecting your ability to chew and process nutrients from your food. You may suffer weight gain from too much carb consumption, a sunken or shriveled facial appearance, or even an alteration in your speech patterns.
The best way to restore a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can take the place of one tooth or several. They'll look so natural only your dentist will notice the difference.
Dr. Graham and Dr. Rider are thrilled to offer our patients a powerful weapon in the battle against gum disease. It's called ARESTIN™. Available in a powder form that contains unseen microspheres, ARESTIN provides a time released antibiotic directly to the location of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN destroys the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part is that it's painless!
The laser treatments we offer within our practice may make gum surgery unnecessary. These cutting-edge procedures can actually regenerate bone lost through years of gum disease. In addition, our advanced laser system is nearly painless. The laser is safe, effective, and FDA-approved. While the procedure is minimally invasive, the results have been extraordinary and might have even been considered miraculous not too many years ago. We have successfully healed many cases of gum disease without gum surgery. Ask us if this treatment is right for you!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (520) 327-1205.