Gum disease, not tooth decay, is the main reason most people lose their teeth. Unfortunately, you may not notice that you're suffering from the disease until after your teeth are lost. Uncertain if it's happening to you? Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or shifting teeth.
We can help even if you've been told you require gum surgery. You'll be delighted to know that modern advancements have made it possible to control gum disease with variety of non-surgical methods, which we can offer you.
Analysis of medical research shows that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. A troublesome conclusion, since heart disease is commonly fatal, which means if you suffer from gum disease, treating it is of utmost importance to retaining your health. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. These figures should guarantee that gum disease would be handled as a nationwide epidemic. But because tooth loss is considered merely unpleasant, not immediately life threatening, the danger of the disease has been ignored for far too long. However, that thought process is altering.
The American Academy of Periodontology has released the following statement: "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 infect your gums when you suffer from periodontal disease can invade your soft tissues, move into your bloodstream, and create problems in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.
Most dental insurance coverage allows for the appropriate treatment of gum disease, which is good news. Periodontal disease can be halted or cured with nonsurgical treatments and enhanced dental hygiene, if treated before it reaches an advanced stage. It is vital to take care of this infection at the first sign of trouble, because if you delay too long, surgery may be your only choice.
Regardless of what caused your tooth to be removed – gum disease, decay, accident, or other trauma – you should understand that without a replacement you may soon experience a variety of other problems. The loss of even one tooth can cause your other teeth to shift position and consequently change the way you gain nutrients from your food. You may experience weight gain or loss, develop a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance, or even have an unwanted change in your speech patterns. Dr. Ray offers dental implant restorations to replace as many teeth as you have missing. Created to match your remaining teeth, they look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have difficulty seeing the difference.
If you're going to reverse your gum disease, you're going to need a powerful weapon. Dr. Ray can provide you with a powerhouse antibiotic called ARESTIN™. Made up of invisible microspheres, this antibiotic is applied directly to the spot of infection in a time-released compound that constantly works to destroy the bacteria. Not only does it do the job, it is utterly painless.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (724) 537-0800.
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