Preventive Dental Treatment Gillette WY
Prevent Tooth Loss Gillette WYGum Disease Can Mean Lost Teeth

Gum disease, more than decay, is the primary cause of lost teeth. Since it can be completely painless in early and moderate stages, many people don’t know they have it until they begin to lose teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will be glad to know that Dr. Johnny Hopp can help you control control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.

Periodontal Disease Treatment Gillette WYGum Disease is More than Missing Teeth

The statistics are staggering. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. At that rate, afflictions such as AIDS or tuberculosis would be considered epidemic. Most dentists do, in fact, consider gum disease at an epidemic level. But the biggest consequence was believed to be lost teeth. Hardly pleasant, but not life threatening. Or is it? Recent medical research has linked gum disease, stroke, and heart disease. Since heart disease can be fatal, gum disease is obviously a serious matter.

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.

Don’t Despair! Gum Disease Can Be Successfully Treated!

Gum surgery is the best treatment for advanced periodontal disease, and it’s usually covered by common insurance plans. When periodontal disease is in earlier stages, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures that, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

Preventive Dental Care Gillette WYWhy Lost Teeth are a Serious Matter

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 our Gillette office a call today at (307) 687-0444.