Anthony J. Tisoncik, DDS

(708) 599-2929 | Palos Hills, IL 60465

Dentistry Palos Hills IL

Gum Health

Preventive Dental Care Palos Hills ILGum Disease and Tooth Loss

Many patients believe teeth are lost due to decay. But most cases are caused by gum disease. Gum disease may not even be noticed until you’ve lost teeth. Surgery is usually required for advanced stages of infection, but nonsurgical methods can arrest the infection if it’s caught in the early stages. If you experience bleeding gums from brushing or flossing, or notice your teeth are loose, please contact us immediately.

Gum Disease Impacts Your Overall Health

The American Dental Association estimates that 80% of adults in the United States have gum disease. Dentists consider this an epidemic, but it is not labeled this way because it’s not considered life threatening. But now many of those views have changed. Recent medical research has connected chronically infected gums to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Infections of the gums are able to travel through the body in the bloodstream and impact other health issues.

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.”

Controlling Gum Disease

We want patients to know that if they experience any symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums or loose teeth to call our office immediately. When treated in the early stages, nonsurgical procedures can be more successful. Once gum disease has advanced, surgery is the treatment. Both procedures are covered under most insurance plans.

Halt Gum Disease Painlessly

Dr. Tisoncik is pleased to offer ARESTIN™ to his patients. It battles the infection with invisible microspheres. They release a time-sensitive antibiotic between the teeth and gums. ARESTIN then kills the bacteria, and best of all, there is no pain involved.

If You Experience the Loss of a Tooth

Tooth loss has more of an impact on your health and appearance than you may know. Even one lost tooth can cause other teeth to shift. This leads to difficulty chewing and absorbing nutrients from food. If chewing becomes a struggle, softer foods with more calories may become favored, which often results in weight gain. Missing teeth can also cause the face to take on a “sunken” look, giving you the appearance of being older than you are. We recommend dental implants to replace those missing teeth. They look natural and function just like your normal teeth, and give you a functional, beautiful smile.

We can help you control gum disease and bring your smile back to full health. Give us a call today at (708) 599-2929.