As you know already, a minor cavity can result in major tooth decay and serious dental problems if it goes untreated. The same is true with gum disease: gingivitis can lead to severe periodontitis without proper care. But did you realize that a minor dental problem that goes untreated can actually result in a major general health problem? It’s true. That’s why when you come to ourLas Vegas cosmetic dentistry center, we will work to ensure that small dental problems are addressed before they become major dental health issues.
Your Body is an Interconnected System
It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. The different parts of your body are interconnected. You may not even realize just how interconnected they are until someone tells you this explicitly. Ourcosmetic and restorative dentists in Las Vegas would like to look at how gum disease and tooth loss can both contribute to major general health problems.
Gum Disease and Potential Health Issues
Gum disease may seem like only an irritation of the gums. Yet some research has found that people with gum disease are more likely to experience respiratory problems such as pneumonia. Some studies suggest that the reason for this is the bacteria that cause gum disease. When inhaled, the bacteria can have an adverse affect on the lungs.
Tooth Loss and General Health Problems
Losing a tooth means more than just an unsightly smile. In the area where the tooth is missing, people are prone to experiencing gum recession and bone loss. This can also cause teeth around the gap to become crooked over time. Tooth loss can thus lead to problems eating certain foods, meaning potential dietary changes and nutritional deficiencies.
Solutions to Consider
There are numerousLas Vegas restorative dentistry treatment options out there that can help you enhance your dental health and restore the appearance of your smile. Let’s just look at the options for the two problems addressed above.
Periodontal Care to Treat Gum Disease
There are numerous treatments to fight against gum disease and help build back lost gum tissue. These therapies may involve deep cleanings, laser treatment, surgical augmentation of soft tissues, and more. We’ll figure out which one is best for your needs during your visit. If anything, preventative care is always best, so be sure to brush and floss regularly, and to visit your dentist twice a year for regular maintenance and check-ups.
Dental Implants and Missing Teeth
When you are missing a tooth or many teeth, the best option to consider is oftendental implants (implant dentistry). These artificial tooth roots are surgically anchored into your jawbone and soft tissues, allowing for a secure hold of dental restorations. With an artificial root structure in place, bone loss and gum recession in the gap is eliminated.
Contact Our Practice for a Dental Care Visit Today
If you would like more information about various dental health issues and how they can affect you, it’s important that youcontact our Las Vegas cosmetic and family dentistry practice today. During your consultation, we’ll be able to go over various dental care issues in greater detail. We look forward to meeting you in person.