Ignoring Periodontal Disease and What It Means to You

ignoring periodontal diseaseOne of the first questions our front desk team often get asked is “How much do dental implants cost?” or “What is the cost of gum grafting?” We get it. Not everyone has an unlimited amount of spending in their dental benefits, some don’t have any dental benefits altogether, but at the end of the day, this is about your health…both dental and overall.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. One of the problems is that it can go unnoticed and progress quite painlessly until you have a real problem that can no longer be ignored. That may be how you found our Periodontal Associates’ team. If you have advanced periodontal disease, chances are that your dentist made the referral to us. As a trained periodontist, our team has a least three years of extra university training in treating gum disease, and years’ experience in restoring bone and gum tissue damaged due to gum disease.

Myth: It’s Just a Missing Tooth, No Big Deal

Our Mississauga office often gets called by patients who see the damaging effects of ignoring periodontal disease or delaying the restoration process. If periodontal disease progresses too far, chances are that the tooth, or teeth, affected, cannot be saved. In this instance, our team would recommend an extraction and then likely dental implants to replace the missing teeth, helping to restore stability and function to the mouth.

In some instances, patients have had a tooth extraction, or have simply lost the tooth naturally, but have not taken the next step to restore their smile. While many think that this is simply an aesthetic choice, the reality is that beyond the look of your smile, teeth play an important role in the overall function of your mouth and stability of the jaw. By choosing NOT to replace missing teeth, you will ultimately see dramatic changes, including shifting teeth, eroding jaw bone and facial shape.

Plus, periodontal disease, if left untreated, can have an impact on your overall health, especially cardiovascular health. Researchers have found that the same bacteria that contributes to oral inflammation and periodontal disease has been found in those patients with cardiovascular disease. Findings show that bacteria found in the mouth can enter the bloodstream during regular chewing and/or brushing, travelling to other parts of the circulatory system, which may contribute to blockages.

So, while a beautiful smile does add to the aesthetics of your face, the real cost of periodontal disease is anything but pretty. If you require an estimate, call our team and we can start the process with a consultation visit.

Your comfort matters to us, so we invite you to visit our periodontal practice in Mississauga and speak with our team of experts in periodontal disease. As experts in periodontal treatments, specializing in dental implants, gum recession, crown lengthening, bone and gum grafting, the Chao pinhole surgical technique and more, we’d love to help you address your dental and smile concerns. Call us at 1-800-341-7471 or connect via email at [email protected]. Until then… keep smiling!

 

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