Our Royal Oak MI dental office is treating gum disease with advanced technology and years of clinical research. At North Oaks Dental, we have five different dentists who can treat your every need, even when it comes to managing infections or replacing missing teeth.
Gum disease is a major problem in our country, and in fact, the leading cause of missing teeth in adults. It’s estimated that about 50 percent of all adults 30 and older will struggle with gum disease. And that number increases to more than 70 percent for those 65 and older.
Today we want to share some new information about the dangers of gum disease and some other facts you need to know. A new study found the gum disease may be, not just linked to, but a key initiator of rheumatoid arthritis. We’ve known about the oral/systemic connection of gum disease for years, but many in the community are not aware of these serious medical connections.
North Oaks Dental can help you avoid problems like gum disease and manage this issue to keep your teeth health for the rest of your life. Give us a call today at 248-220-7021 to schedule a visit for you or your family.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
We mentioned above that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. This issue can attack the gums quickly and strike with little to no warning. The first signs are bleeding or swollen gums. The infection can erode the gums and quickly make its way to the jawbone. If the infection breaks down the jawbone, the tooth can become loose in the socket and fail. Tooth loss means the inability to eat the food you love, and, of course, your smile will suffer.
In addition to being connected to arthritis, gum disease is always connected to problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even alzheimer’s disease. While there is no cause and effect relationship between gum disease and problems like heart disease and diabetes, we know that people with gum disease are a higher risk of these problems.
Treat Gum Issues Here With Comfort
If you have struggled with gum disease or gum sensitivity, you know that the problem can be uncomfortable and downright painful. The problem is that sometimes the treatment can also be comfortable. But the good news is that North Oaks Dental is using state-of-the-art procedures to give you a better brighter smile. There are two different forms of gum treatment in our office: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to treat gum disease and laser dentistry to treat gum disease.
Important point: We don’t use scalpels or stitches for either of these procedures.
The Chao technique is a new way to treat gums that have receded over time. Gums can recede because of gum infections or stress like grinding or clenching or even aggressive brushing. With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is simple and a great alternative to traditional gum grafting. We don’t need use scalpels or stitches. We make a small pinhole in the gums and then move the gums down over more of the teeth. Then, to keep the gums in place, we place collagen into the gums. The treatment is fast and the recovery is fast.
If an infection is present, we’ll use a laser to literally evaporate the infection. The laser also allows the teeth and gums to naturally re-attach. The laser is painless, and our patients find that the recovery is head and shoulders faster than traditional gum surgery.
Treating Your Gum Issues
Whether you have receding gums or a present gum infection, our office can help. We recommend that people with gum disease visit the office about once every three to four months for exams or gum maintenance.
You can start your treatment today by calling at 248-220-7021. We’re ready to see you in our office.