According to the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 8.52% of American adults aged 20-64 have periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease involves a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to serious dental health problems. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.
Common causes of periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene and inadequate brushing and flossing. Smoking or using other types of tobacco products is also a significant risk factor for developing periodontal disease.
Treatment for periodontal disease ranges from professional deep cleaning and medications to oral surgery, depending on the severity. Getting regular dental check-ups, brushing and flossing daily, and eliminating smoking and tobacco use are the best defense against periodontal disease.
Dental implants are an ideal option for patients who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw by an oral surgeon and used to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with tooth loss.
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. This allows patients to smile, speak, and laugh with confidence. Patients with dental implants can once again enjoy social interactions and relationships that contribute to a good overall quality of life.
Dental implants also enable patients to eat and chew with confidence. Patients with dental implants do not have to change their diets to avoid fiber-rich foods that are harder to chew. Being able to eat nutrient rich, high-fiber foods positively affects patients’ overall health and nutrition.
If you have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, dental implants may be a good option for you. You may want to consult your oral surgeon to get more information regarding this permanent tooth replacement solution and how it could benefit you.
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