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The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth

Common conjecture says decay is the primary reason for tooth loss. It’s not. The real culprit is gum disease. And it can go without notice right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you stand in need of gum surgery, you should know we provide solutions that make it possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical processes.

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even StrokeGum Disease Treatment San Antonio TX

The results are distressing! Recent medical research has delineated the link between gum disease, stroke, and heart disease. Since heart disease is frequently deadly, it is clear that gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association has determined that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease, making it the main reason people lose their teeth. These are epidemic proportions! Because no one was thought to have died from the loss of a tooth, that label has never been applied. But that’s all changed.

The American Academy of Periodontology has stated, “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 bald truth is that the bacteria that make up periodontal disease can slip into your bloodstream – straight to your heart.

Now the Good News

In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never desired, but it almost always works in controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are potent NON-surgical procedures which, united with enhanced dental hygiene, can virtually arrest the spread of the disease. This, too, is typically allowed under most dental insurance plans.

What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?

While you might think that decay, accident, or other trauma are the main causes for tooth loss, the true destroyer is gum disease. So, is it a big problem to lose a tooth? I mean, it won’t kill you, right? No, it won’t, but losing even a single tooth can cause your other teeth to alter their positions, which is not good. Missing teeth change your ability to chew and to receive nutrients from your food. Because it’s more difficult to chew with missing teeth, you may begin favoring softer foods with more carbohydrates, which can cause you to gain weight. Other bad things may occur, including your speech being altered. Bone loss in the jaw due to the missing teeth, as well as the gaps in your mouth, may cause your face to change shape, producing a “sunken” appearance that can make you look much older than you really are.

Designed to blend with your remaining teeth, dental implants can replace one tooth or multiples and are the best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth). They look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have trouble seeing the difference.

Defeat Gum Disease PainlesslyNon-surgical Gum Treatment San Antonio TX

Dr. Ruiz is excited to offer an impressive weapon in the battle against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. Invisible microspheres integrated into a powder form deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the point of infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part – it’s painless!

Have You Been Told You Need Gum Surgery?Laser Dentistry San Antonio TX

With new laser treatment, maybe you don’t! Our practice uses laser technology for the non-surgical treatment of gum disease, with results that might have been considered miraculous not too many years ago. The procedure is minimal and patient friendly, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. We have successfully treated many cases of periodontal (gum) disease without the need for gum surgery. We use an advanced dental laser called the SL3™ soft tissue laser to ensure your treatment is virtually painless. This laser is safe and effective. This breakthrough process actually can regenerate bone lost through years of gum disease.

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (210) 736-5161.