Medical Conditions Associated with Periodontal Disease

Research has shown, that there is a link between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Following are links to articles with more information about the connection between gum disease and overall health. More information

Dementia – Study finds that good oral hygiene may lower risk of dementia. More information
Heart Disease and StrokeHeart Health in the Inflammation Age
Oral Cancer – Research shows that periodontal disease may be linked to oral cancer. More information
Pancreatic CancerGum disease is linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
Also read: Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene
Periodontal Disease – According to the CDC, half of American adults have periodontal disease. More information
Pregnancy Problems – Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. More information
ProstateAssociation Between Periodontal Disease and Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels in Chronic Prostatitis Patients
Also read: Potential Link Between Periodontal Disease And Prostatitis
Respiratory Diseases – A recent study suggests a possible link between upper respiratory diseases- including pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)- and periodontal disease. More information
Sexual Dysfunction Association Between Chronic Periodontitis and Vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction
Rheumatoid ArthritisThe Link Between Gum Disease and RA
What is Periodontal Disease?

What is Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease, also know as gum disease, is one of the most common infections in the United States. More than 75% of adults age 35 and older have some form of periodontal disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque buildup.

If not removed, plaque can turn into a hard substance called calculus, which is so hard it can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Bacterial plaque produces toxins or poisons that cause infection, leading to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red and swollen, and to bleed easily. Gingivitis causes little or no discomfort and is reversible with professional treatment and good home oral care.

Left untreated, the toxins produced by bacterial plaque can also destroy the supporting bone and tissue surrounding the teeth causing gingivitis to advance to periodontitis. As this occurs, the gums begin to separate from the teeth forming pockets that fill with even more plaque and toxins. In its most advanced stages, periodontitis causes extensive bone and tissue loss causing teeth to come loose, often requiring the removal of the affected teeth.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. Often teeth in the front of the mouth will be unaffected while teeth in the back of the mouth have loosened due to advanced periodontitis.

You may have periodontal disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

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Medical Conditions Associated With Periodontal Disease
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What Are Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and bridgework for replacing teeth.
  • The dental implant is made from titanium and is surgically implanted in the jawbone.
  • An implant functions like the root of your missing tooth.
  • Implants are usually placed in a dental office, using only local anesthesia.
  • Generally, there is minimal post-operative pain or discomfort

The concept of this generation of implants came out of the arena of orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic surgeons have known for years that bone screws work in arms and legs. In the late 1970s, an orthopedic surgeon in Sweden started to develop these devices for the mouth. In 1985, Dr. Goldberg was one of a select number of U.S. practitioners who studied with P.I. Bränemark, Professor, MD, PhD, father of modern implantology from Göteborg, Sweden.

Read New York Times article, A Dental Shift: Implants Instead of Bridges

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An incision is made at the site of the implant.

the site is prepared and the fixture is screwed or pressed into place in the jawbone. the site is covered for three to six months to allow the bone to grow around the implant.

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With today’s newer generation of implants, it is now possible to do the entire process in one visit.

The top of the fixture is then exposed and an abutment is attached.

A crown (shown), bridge, or denture is attached.

How implants compare with other tooth replacement therapies.

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