Although it is commonly assumed that decay is the reason for most tooth loss, it is in fact gum disease. Sometimes symptoms make the infection evident – bleeding gums from brushing or flossing and loose or shifting teeth. In many cases, there are no symptoms until the infection reaches an advanced stage. The earlier the infection is treated, the more likely it is that surgery can be avoided and alternative treatments can successfully control and even reverse the problem.
Medical research has discovered a startling link between gum disease and
serious health conditions such as stroke, diabetes, and heart conditions.
The bacteria in the gums also travels throughout the bloodstream, affecting
vital organs, which can compound any pre-existing conditions or contibute to
the onset of these diseases.
The American Dental Association believes that 80% of the adult American population has periodontal (gum) disease at some stage. Dentists consider this high percentage to be a nationwide epidemic, and with new evidence linking gum infections to life-threatening conditions, a much more serious matter.
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."
Even one missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift or move. This is
not good, as other teeth can loosen and be lost. Chewing without a full set
of teeth loses some of the nutrients you should be getting out of your food.
And food choices may change, favoring softer, less nutritious foods that are
easier to eat. Often this type of diet will add unwanted pounds to your
Speech may not always be clear, resulting in embarrassment for you at work and in your social life. And your face eventually takes on a sunken look that adds years to your appearance.
Dental implants have proven to be the ideal replacement for missing teeth. They look completely natural and function just like real teeth. You will be pleased with your smile and regaining the ability to chew every type of food.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (865) 983-4642.
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