It was a cold winter day and Sara was in a hurry to get to her office. She bundled up, grabbed her coffee, hopped behind the wheel and took off. Just down the road from her home someone was traveling too fast for the road conditions and they were not able to stop. Their car slid into Sara’s car and having forgotten to put her seatbelt on, her face slammed into the steering wheel, breaking her front tooth. Her once perfect smile now needed repaired.
If you went to pick your car up from the shop and the mechanic handed you an extra screw you would be dumbfounded, right? You would be left wondering when the first part would fall off or which other parts would break because of the missing screw. Well, that’s what it is like to go without replacing a missing tooth. Your teeth begin to move around and the bone begins to break down. It can cause gaps to form, decrease chewing ability, increase gum disease and cause loss of other teeth. Eventually, you run the risk of the whole mouth breaking down.
A missing tooth that is not replaced has the ability to affect your entire smile. Fortunately, with the advancements in technology, there are four options available to replace your missing teeth.
Obviously, no one would dream of building a house without a firm foundation or a strong roof. Without a foundation, the house will wash away. Without a roof it can’t be protected. Trying to skimp on your dental care is a lot like that. Not replacing missing teeth is like not having a foundation or not having a roof. It’s just not an option.
I’m sure your grandma used to say one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Sometimes an apple can have the bruised part cut out and still be useful but other times the whole apple needs to be tossed in the trash. Well that’s similar to decaying and diseased teeth. It comes down to deciding if a diseased tooth can be repaired or if it needs to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.
Allowing unhealthy teeth to remain in your mouth can put surrounding tissue and teeth in danger for further loss. Knowing the difference requires a good dentist who can help you make the right choice.
There are many reasons people consider dental implants. For some it’s saving your health and for others it is the desire to reclaim some of the youthful vibrance they lost many years ago. Some want to restore loss of function while others may want to restore their beautiful smile. Whatever your reason is for considering dental implants, we’d like to help you make the best decision for you.
Janet looked in the mirror at her tired and weary face. The years of putting everyone else first had taken a toll on her. It had been so long since she smiled with confidence. Those broken and missing teeth made her want to stay hidden away, not to mention the jaw bone eroding that added years to her look. And that article she had seen on periodontitis made her worry about increased risks for heart disease and cancer.
There always seemed to be a reason she didn’t have her teeth repaired; her daughter needed braces, paying for her son’s college, the list went on. Then her time became monopolized by being a caregiver to her parents. But, today as she looked in the mirror she knew it was time to put herself first for once. Time to regain her confidence and not feel ashamed when she glanced in the mirror. She wanted to feel beautiful again as family pictures were scheduled for her son’s upcoming wedding.
Can you relate to Janet? If so, dental implants may be the answer for you, too! Dental implants can help:
When you go to your medical doctor for a physical they may ask you some questions that don’t seem to make sense to you but they know how systems and ailments occurring in the body can affect other systems in your body. Comprehensive dental care works the same way. You may be on a medication that can cause damage to teeth or you may have diabetes which makes you more susceptible to gum disease. Comprehensive care looks at you as a whole.
Comprehensive care always starts with an interview to understand your expectations. Then we review your history dentally, medically and emotionally. It’s taking a look at the whole you, not just your mouth to determine the right care, personalized for you and your uniqueness. The goal is to leave no stone unturned so we can know your case by heart and design an optimal treatment. Here are some of the things we will look at during a comprehensive care evaluation:
“If I could turn back time, if I could find a way….” Oh Cherie, don’t we all wish we could turn back time for one reason or another! With dental age, if you get help right away you may be able to erase some years off the clock!
So you are brushing your teeth and notice some blood in the sink after you spit. It has been happening for awhile so you think it is just normal but it most definitely is not. This is a huge warning sign for gum disease and you should to make an appointment with your dentist. Gum disease, Periodontitis, is a leading cause of tooth loss and it affects the health of your body overall.