Periodontal (gum) disease destroys more teeth than any other cause. The problem is that the affliction often develops slowly, with no pain, which is why you may not realize that your gums are infected until after your teeth are permanently damaged. Are you experiencing these symptoms: bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or shifting teeth? If so, your teeth are at risk, but it's not too late. Even if you've been told that you need gum surgery, we can help. The latest dental treatments have made it possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Recent medical research has shown that gum disease contributes to the onset of stroke, heart disease, and many other life-threatening illnesses. So you can understand why treating gum disease is absolutely necessary in the fight to retain your overall good health. The American Dental Association has stated that upwards of 8 out of 10 Americans may have periodontal (gum) disease. Percentages this extreme should warrant treating it as a national epidemic. But because tooth loss has long been thought of as merely unpleasant, not immediately life threatening, the severity of the disease has been neglected for far too long. However, things are changing.
The American Academy of Periodontology has stated 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." Which means when you develop periodontal disease, the bacteria that infects your teeth and gums can infiltrate your other soft tissues, migrate into your bloodstream, and create havoc in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.
The threat of gum disease has been confirmed, and now most dental insurance plans provide coverage for an assortment of available treatments. While in the most severe cases surgery is the only guaranteed help, for all other cases there are now powerful NON-surgical procedures that, combined with better dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease.
ARESTIN™ is an unbeatable weapon in the struggle against gum disease. This time-released antibiotic is contained in tiny, invisible microspheres suspended in a powder form that delivers treatment directly to the location of your infection (the spaces between your gums and teeth). ARESTIN not only kills the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, it does it without pain to you.
No matter how you've lost a tooth – gum disease, decay, accident, or other trauma – you need to recognize that without a restoration you will eventually develop a variety of other difficulties, some quite severe. The loss of even one tooth can allow your other teeth to move and, thus, change the way you absorb nutrients from your food. You may experience weight gain from favoring softer carbohydrates, develop a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance, or even undergo an unwanted change in your speech patterns. At Sheron Dental we offer a solution that, in many cases, can restore all your missing teeth. Created to blend with your remaining teeth, dental implants look so natural that at first glance even a dentist has difficulty seeing the difference.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (360) 356-7096.