Brookside Dental Care Allentown PA

979 Brookside Road
Allentown, PA 18106

Dentistry Allentown PA

Gum Health

Gum Disease Treatment Allentown PA

The Main Reason for Lost Teeth

Many people assume tooth loss is mainly the result of decay. It’s actually not. It’s because of gum disease. And it can be completely unnoticeable up to the point you lose teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when brushing and loose or shifting teeth. If you’ve been advised you need gum surgery, you will be happy to know it’s possible to manage gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.

Gum Disease May Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Recent research has led many doctors to reach a startling conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is generally fatal, it is obvious that gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 80% of Americans have gum disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered epidemic! Most dentists believe it is just that. They also know gum disease would never be labeled an epidemic because of the perception that “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you might lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but not exactly life-threatening. However, that’s all changed.

The American Academy of Periodontology states: “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 move into the bloodstream – directly to the heart.

For the Good News

With advanced stages of periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is not exactly fun, but it is almost always successful in managing the condition, and it’s usually covered by common insurance plans. With milder periodontal disease, there are effective non-surgical treatments that, coupled with better dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This is also usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

The Problems of Lost Teeth

So, is it really a big deal to lose a tooth? I mean, people don’t die from it, right? No, they can’t, but losing even a single tooth can result in other teeth shifting and moving around – not good. This can impact chewing and the ability to absorb nutrients from food. Other negative things can happen: Your facial shape will change, often looking “sunken.” This can make people look much older than they really are. Speech can be affected. Because it’s more difficult to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself leaning toward softer foods and more carbs, which can lead to gaining weight. The best way to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. They can be constructed to look so natural that even dentists have to look hard to see the difference.

Arestin Gum Treatment Allentown PA

Control Gum Disease Painlessly

Our doctors are pleased to offer patients a powerful weapon in the fight against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. It comes in powder form and contains invisible microspheres. These microspheres deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the infection site (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN destroys the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part for patients is that it’s all painless!

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at 610-395-1630.