Are your teeth moving around? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? If so, do you know that these symptoms are the primary indicators that you may have gum disease? And do you realize that gum disease, not tooth decay, is why most people lose their teeth? Fortunately, if the infection is treated in the milder stages, it can be reversed with nonsurgical methods, which we have available. In fact, even if you've been instructed that you need gum surgery, we can assist you in halting and reversing the effects of gum disease.
Many patients believe incorrectly that gum disease is a minor problem. After all, it isn't as serious as developing heart disease or cancer. But recent medical studies have directly linked gum disease to several potentially fatal conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, which makes a gum infection a weightier issue than simply losing your teeth. The bacterial infection in your gums can travel throughout your bloodstream, affecting your vital organs. 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 American Dental Association believes approximately 80% of Americans have some level of gum infection in their mouths. For years dentists have considered gum disease an epidemic - and now the numbers bear out their belief that infected gums may add to potentially life-threatening condition.
Most dental insurance plans will cover the appropriate treatment of gum disease, which is good news. Periodontal disease can be reversed with nonsurgical treatments and improved dental hygiene, if dealt with before it achieves an advanced stage. It is vital to take care of this infection at the earliest sign of trouble, because if you wait too long, surgery may be the only option.
No matter how you lose a tooth – gum disease, decay, accident or other trauma – you should know that without a replacement you may soon experience a host of other issues. Losing even one tooth can cause your other teeth to change position and ultimately alter the way you process nutrients from your food. You may suffer weight loss or gain, a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance, or even an unwanted change in your speech patterns. We offer dental implants that replace as many teeth as you are missing. Designed to blend with your remaining teeth, they look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have trouble telling the difference.
If you're going to stop gum disease in its tracks, you're going to need a powerful weapon. At Stutler Dental we offer our patients a powerhouse antibiotic named ARESTIN™. Comprised of invisible microspheres, this antibiotic is applied directly to the site of infection in a time-released compound that continually works to kill the bacteria. Not only does it do the job, it is completely painless.
Dr. Stutler is excited to offer an FDA-approved treatment for gum disease that you can actually use at home. It's called Perio Protect™ and it may save you from having to undergo gum surgery. It's easy, completely painless, and extremely effective. It's as simple as wearing teeth whitening trays! Gum disease can be treated quickly and effectively, but only when the medication remains between the teeth and below the gum line. Keeping the medication in these areas can be difficult. The body has a continual flow of saliva that washes away medications in just a minute or two. This can limit the effectiveness of many gum treatments. The breakthrough of Perio Protect is that the special trays will keep the medication where it's supposed to be for a much longer period of time. This means healing can occur very quickly. Patients often see results in just a few days!
Before periodontal disease becomes severe, we can employ a laser as a form of nonsurgical treatment. It is essentially painless, yet very safe, effective, and FDA-approved. This simple procedure destroys the infection and can actually help to restore bone lost from a prolonged gum infection.
We can help reverse your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (317) 225-4520.
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