Charles E. Dyer, DDS, MS, PC


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Is there a connection between heart disease and your gum disease?

While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research indicates that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease, which can result in a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event.

How are periodontal and diabetes related?

People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Research suggests that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways, and that diabetics who don’t have their diabetes under control are especially at risk because they are more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place.

What effects does tobacco on my mouth and teeth?

While tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease, and heart disease, users are also at increased risk for periodontal disease. Smokers are three to six times more likely to develop gum disease or periodontal disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out. Smoking also weakens your immune system, which makes it harder to fight off an infection.

Just how common is it to have missing teeth?

More common than you think. More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 36 million are missing all their teeth. In contrast, only 2.3 million dental implant crowns are made each year! Missing teeth can affect jaw function, create malocclusion (misalignment), and affect your day-to-day diet. Gaps between teeth allow neighboring teeth to drift into unoccupied spaces and when teeth aren’t in their proper position, you begin to have issues with bite alignment, irregular teeth wear, and jaw stress. When teeth drift too closely to other teeth, it can make it more difficult to clean out food debris that gets caught in-between, allowing bacteria to fester and eat away at your tooth’s vital enamel leading to gum disease and more tooth loss. How you chew and eat food is also affected by the spacing of your teeth. Not being able to eat and digest foods can limit your menu options and lead to nutritional deficiencies and other health concerns.

What are dental implants?

Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth called crowns. A connector is then placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth. Modern dental implants have been used successfully for more than 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth. Even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look, and function naturally. When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.


Charles Dyer Expert Periodontist

About the Expert

Charles E. Dyer, DDS, MS, PC

For more than a decade, Dr. Dyer has treated gum disease, placed dental implants, and restored the smiles of thousands of patients. The award-winning periodontist and implantologist specializes in dental implants, crown lengthening, bone grafting, oral biopsies, and all manner of extractions to restore functionality to the mouth when teeth have been lost due to periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Dyer is committed to contributing through extensive charitable work and his passion for animals has him serving as a board member for, and president of, The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, traveling across the U.S. performing dental procedures on exotic animals.


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