Gum Diseae Treatment Wilmington NC • General Dentist • Preventive Dental Care North Carolina
Wilmington NC dental office Gregory B.
Garrett, DDS is pleased to provide professional quality dental
treatment to patients in Wilmington NC, Hampstead, Murraysville,
Myrtle Grove, Carolina Beach,
Wrightsville Beach, Leland, Ogden, Kure Beach, Castle Hayne and the surrounging communities.
Dentist, Dr. Gregory Garrett specializes in adult dentistry,
children's dentistry, family dentistry, preventive & general
dentistry and dental care for seniors. Dr. Gregory's dental clinic
provides the following dental care services, dental implants, dental
sedation, kids dentistry, dental sealants, restorative dental
treatment, gum disease treatment, periodontal disease treatment,
oral hygiene care, white dental fillings, dental crowns, dental root
canal treatment, smile makeovers, KOR Deep Bleaching, professional
teeth whitening, digital dental imaging, oral exams, teeth cleaning
and complete dental care for seniors.
Disease and Lost Teeth
Gum disease symptoms may include bleeding gums when you brush or
floss and loose or shifting teeth. Many patients don’t experience
symptoms until they begin to lose their teeth. There are several
non-surgical methods of controlling gum disease.
Gum Disease Can Have Even More
Serious Consequences Thanks to extensive medical research,
doctors and dentists are now aware that gum disease can contribute
to stroke and heart disease. Since heart disease is usually fatal,
it is clear that gum disease is a serious matter. The American
Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have
periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such
as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered an epidemic! Most
dentists think it is just that. They also knew that gum disease
would never be labeled epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.”
The worst is that you lose your teeth. That can cause bone loss and
a change in your appearance – but certainly wasn’t considered life
threatening. Until now.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “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
characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can
travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
Now the Good News
With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum
surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in
controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by common
insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are very
effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved
dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This,
too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.
Truth About Losing a Tooth
Gum disease and/or decay are the leading cause of lost teeth, though
most people would expect accidents or other trauma to be at the top
of the list. But even though losing a tooth isn’t life-threatening,
even a single missing tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and
move around, with unpleasant consequences. It can affect chewing and
your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Other bad things
can happen: your face will change shape, often looking “sunken.”
This can make you look much older than you really are. Your speech
can be affected. Because it’s harder to chew with missing teeth, you
may find yourself favoring softer foods and more carbohydrates,
which can cause you to gain weight. The best way to treat a missing
tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can
replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that
even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.
Ensure your healthiest smile!
Give us a call today at (910) 763-3679.