By appearances, it seems logical that tooth loss is caused primarily by decay. But it's not. Most tooth loss is a by-product of gum disease. The worst part is that it can be completely undetectable right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms to be mindful of include bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or moving teeth. If you've been advised that you require gum surgery, we're happy to report that it's now possible to control the less advanced stages of gum disease with an assortment of non-surgical methods.
Medical research has disclosed a startling truth: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is typically fatal, clearly gum disease warrants serious concern. The American Dental Association has stated that 80 percent of all Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other illness, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be proclaimed as an epidemic! Most dentists believe this should be the case, but they also realize that gum disease has never be labeled as an epidemic because "no one ever dies from it." The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. But that mind-set is changing.
The American Academy of Periodontology 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." Periodontal disease is attributed to a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria inhabit your soft tissue and slide right into your bloodstream – straight to your heart.
Advances in technology have led to changes in options. Whether you suffer from mild or advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is usually covered by common insurance plans. In severe cases, the treatment is surgical. With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical methods that, coupled with upgraded dental hygiene, can essentially halt the spread of the disease.
Losing a tooth, no matter how it occurs – an accident or trauma, decay, or gum disease – creates a huge problem. The loss of even a single tooth allows your other teeth to shift and move around. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Because it's more difficult to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself preferring softer foods and less complex carbohydrates, which can trigger you to gain weight. In addition, your speech may alter as words become slurred or lisped. Quite often, your face will change shape, appearing "sunken" so you look much older than your physical age. Dr. de Bruin believes the best way to handle a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. Implants can substitute for one tooth or many. They are designed to look so natural that even a dentist must look closely to see the difference.
There is an established, FDA-approved treatment for gum disease that has been pronounced to be miraculous. It's called Perio Protect™, and it may save you from having to submit to gum surgery. It's easy, completely painless, and exceedingly effective. In fact, it's as simple as wearing teeth whitening trays! In order for gum disease treatments to be fully effective, the medication must remain between your teeth and below the gum line. Up until now, the difficulty has always been keeping the medication in these areas. Your mouth has a persistent flow of saliva that washes away medications in just a minute or two. This reduces the effectiveness of most gum treatment. The innovation of Perio Protect is that the use of special trays maintains the medication where it's required to be for a much longer period of time. This equates to healing that can occur very quickly. Patients often see results in just a few days. If you've been advised that you may need gum surgery – inquire with us first to see if you are a candidate for Perio Protect!
ARESTIN™ kills the bacteria that cause gum disease! Available in a powder form, containing invisible microspheres, ARESTIN delivers a time-released antibiotic precisely to the location of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). Dr. de Bruin is delighted to provide his patients with this powerful and painless means of treatment and healing.
With the latest in FDA approved laser applications, maybe you don't! Dr. de Bruin utilizes laser technology for the non-surgical healing of gum disease. The method is minimally invasive and tremendously patient friendly. The results have been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, Dr. de Bruin has successfully cared for many cases of periodontal (gum) disease without resorting to gum surgery. With the use of a sophisticated dental laser, your treatment is essentially painless. This innovative process can even stimulate bone growth after loss created from years of gum disease.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Click the Online Scheduling button or call today at (775) 826-1838.