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 Stroke
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
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 Painlessly
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?
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.