The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Many people assume that decay is the cause of most tooth loss. But gum disease is the main culprit,
and it can go completely unrecognized right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include loose or
shifting teeth or bleeding gums when you brush or floss. If you've been told you need gum surgery, you
will be glad to know it's possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Serious Health Conditions
Recent medical research has found a startling connection between periodontal (gum) disease, stroke,
and heart disease. Since heart disease can be fatal, that makes gum disease a more serious matter than
previously understood. The American Dental Association estimates that as many as 8 out of 10 Americans
have periodontal disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be
considered an epidemic! Many dentists treat it as just that. They used to believe that gum disease would
never be considered that way because "no one ever dies from it." The worst is that you lose your teeth.
Not pleasant - but certainly not life threatening. But that's all changed.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "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.
There Is Good News
Surgical treatment may be necessary for advanced gum disease. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always
successful in controlling the condition, and common insurance plans usually cover a portion of it. With mild
periodontal disease, 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 partially covered under most dental insurance
Have You Been Told You Need Gum Surgery?
Does the painless treatment of gum disease seem improbable? It's not. You no longer need to dread gum surgery. Dr.
Dernick uses an advanced FDA-approved laser for the effective, non-surgical treatment of gum disease. The procedure
is both minimally invasive and patient friendly.
Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, generates more tooth loss than decay. Dr. Dernick is pleased to
offer his patients a powerful weapon in the fight against gum disease. Available in powder form, ARESTIN™ contains
tiny microspheres, which deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection, those tiny spaces
between gums and teeth. If you have gum disease, it can now be treated painlessly
- and that's truly good news.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (281) 493-0061.