Dr. Mortensen is here blogging today from Fountain Valley, CA sharing his professional dental background, the risks of gum disease and missing teeth, and why dental implantation is the leading tooth loss solution.
Dr. Andrew Mortensen graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1979 and started his career in Chicago, IL in a dental general practice residency at Evanston Hospital. Dr. Mortensen is a valued member of the Chicago community, as well as the dental community. In 2010 he was voted Best Dentist in Fountain Valley by the Fountain Valley Register readers in 2012 and he is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, as well as an Accredited Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, in which only 305 dentists in the world have achieved. He is also a Member of the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Mortensen has always made sure to go above and beyond for his patients when it comes to their dental and oral health and there is nothing he loves to do more. Considering he has been running his practice for over 32 years, he has seen the dangers of missing teeth first hand and what health complications it can cause. Dr. Mortensen has dedicated his life to performing successful dental implant procedures in order to prevent patients from developing these life- threatening instances.
Unfortunately, many patients are not aware of the true risks of missing a tooth or teeth are, but we are here to tell you today that gum disease can be one of the worst disadvantages for your overall, long- term health. Periodontitis has been directly linked with brain damage and heart disease due to inflammation in the mouth caused by gum infection. When the gums are infected, they start to bleed and recede from the teeth causing the blood vessels in the mouth to become swollen and irritated. Just as we perceive the mouth to be the window to the body, it actually functions this way.
When the heart’s vessels are constricted and blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to and from the body, the heart compensates and pumps harder causing the patient to develop dangerously high blood pressure. High blood pressure if not addressed can lead to heart disease and heart attacks. Even the plaque buildup in the mouth can break off and contribute to the blockage; it even has the ability to start a heart attack. In order to maintain healthy cardiac stability, we must take proper care of our gums and teeth.
Just as this awful disease can affect the heart, the brain can fall victim as well. Inflammation in the blood vessels leading to the brain can cause the brain tissue to swell and damage. Patients that suffer from inflammation of this tissue generally develop brain damage, disease or even possibly Alzheimer’s. We must always be mindful of our dental and oral health if we want to live long and healthy lives, especially with oral hygiene.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implantation is the leading tooth loss solution due to its natural and biocompatible process that allows dental implants to serve as natural teeth. When the implants fuse into the patient’s jawbone through a process called osseointegration, the mouth accepts the dental implants as a functioning and real component of the oral system. Dental implants even have the ability to be as strong as patient’s real teeth which provides a better bite and chew potential, that takes unnecessary stress and pressure off of the teeth and jaw. Dental implants have the capability of help patients prevent gum disease completely, by protecting gum tissue with non- decay, titanium alloy materal and allow the gums to heal and repair themselves over time. As if these were not reason enough to join the fulfilled dental implant portion of the world, they can even help patients decrease wrinkling and to appear more youthful with healthy and flawless teeth.
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Do not hesitate to address your missing tooth or teeth before it could be too late. Dr. Mortensen understands the extremely dangerous risks of missing teeth and wants to help patients in any way that he can. Call us at Andrew G. Mortensen DDS Inc. today, to get set up with dental implants. We can be reached at (714) 421-4722.