Saving A Tooth Saves You In Many Ways!

If you lose your hearing, you can regain some level through the use of hearing aids. However, nothing will ever work as well as the natural ear structure you once had. Even with the most expensive hearing aid options, adults often complain of echos and interferences of background noise.

Like your hearing, your natural teeth are essentially irreplaceable. And, while dental implants are the next best thing to the natural teeth you once had, the majority of those who have them could have avoided needing them in the first place.

There are certainly times when a tooth cannot be saved. For example, when a tooth with a fracture breaks off below the gum line, it can no longer support a crown. Had the crown been placed on the tooth prior to the break, it could have saved the tooth. For patients who delayed this recommendation or felt a crown was too expensive, their dentist can hardly be faulted.

Additionally, some people don’t keep their 6-month dental exams and cleanings, feeling “if nothing hurts, nothing is wrong.” However, these visits are opportunites to catch problems that are avoidable or can be easily repaired before problems become more complicated and costly. If you delay these visits, you put yourself at greater risk for “when” rather than “if” bigger problems will arise.

Too many adult teeth are pulled because the patient feels a crown is too expensive. I believe this occurs when an adult hasn’t been educated as to what lies ahead. For example, when you lose a tooth, studies show the next tooth you’ll lose will be an adjacent tooth. As the trend continues, dentures are an eventual fate. Although dentures seem an easy way to deal with tooth loss, few seem to understand the true repercussions. Denture wearers typically struggle to chew comfortably and efficiently, take more medications, and die ten years younger than those who kept their natural teeth.

For our patients, we believe they deserve to know the advantages and disadvantages of all options. This helps to avoid years of frustration, discomfort, health decline and ongoing expenses to come when basing treatment decisions on cost alone.

We offer a Free Consultation to patients so they can discuss their concerns and get dependable information that helps them make decisions based on their long-term well-being. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss your insurance coverages or payment plans, some with no down payment and interest-free. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a time.

This Holiday, Keep Your Smile Healthy & Attractive!

Have you ever been to a dinner or cocktail party and had someone whisper in your ear, “You have spinach in your teeth”? If you’re like me, you start assessing how many people you’ve been smiling and laughing with since you indulged in the spinach dip!

Having an appealing, flattering smile begins with a clean, healthy mouth. If you’re behind on your 6-month dental exam and cleaning, then that’s your first step. This visit will only remove any tartar or plaque build-up on your teeth and brighten your teeth with a thorough cleaning on all sides, including in-between. This will also help you have refresher breath!

When heading to a holiday gathering that will include food (as most do!), slip away to the restroom after eating to check your teeth. A bit of black pepper or a poppy seed can ruin your smile, which is often the first thing people notice when meeting you. Also, be sure to tuck some floss in your pocket or purse to remove bits that don’t swish away with water.

One more tip: Every time you eat or drink something (other than water), an acid attack begins in your mouth. This is not only bad for tooth enamel, it triggers production of oral bacteria that eat away at gum tissues and tooth surfaces. Rather than nibble your way through New Year’s Day, consider eating three healthy meals. If you must snack, select crunchy carrots, celery or apples rather than that leftover Christmas fudge! This can help you avoid cavities along with a good oral hygiene routine at home.

For a quick whitening to REALLY give your smile a brighter, more appealing look, ask us about Zoom 2! This in-office whitening process is quick, long-lasting, safe and provides dramatic results. Call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles!

Wise Decisions In Tooth Replacment

Each year, my husband and I pick out something new for our home that the whole family can enjoy When deciding on a new sofa for our family room, we could have chosen one for less than the one we ended up purchasing. Our decision to buy the higher priced sofa was made based on its superior construction, workmanship, materials used and overall design that would give us many years of comfort.

While we all want to be budget conscious, it is just as important to make wise investments that give us true value. When contemplating tooth replacement, cheaper options may be a partial or crown-&-bridge combination. Even though a Dental Implant will cost more initially, it is designed to last your lifetime.

Partials and crown-&-bridge typically need repair or replacing periodically. Plus, they can affect the health of adjacent teeth. It is a fact that the next tooth you’ll lose is a neighboring tooth when replacing teeth through these means. This is not the case with Dental Implants.

In our office, we provide implant placement and placement of your final teeth, with oral or IV sedation available for total comfort throughout your procedure. Our process also creates an optimal outcome for a natural-looking result and the function of real teeth.

Dental Implants do far more than merely restore missing teeth. They protect your overall oral health, preserve underlying jaw bone structure, and create a wise investment you’ll never regret! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation to discuss your individual situation.

Give Them A Gift That Lasts!

I never cease to be amazed at the number of people I run into at this time of year who are shopping themselves nuts trying to find a special gift for that special someone who seems to “have everything.” Whether for a parent, spouse, or dear friend, some people tend to never have a wish list for the holidays.

How about treating them to something that will give them pleasure everyday, all day? What about a gift that enhances their appearance, boosts their confidence and causes them to smile more often? Smile enhancements, such as whitening, veneers, crowns or Invisaliagn straightening, can create a smile they’ll love, and give you a shared joy every time they smile!

Gift certificates are available.  Just call us at 1-866-9-Smiles. Plus, your recipient can begin with a free consultation to discuss their smile options.

This year, you really can give that “perfect” gift they’ll truly love!

Does Tooth Loss Reduce Mental Capacity?

Mental alertness seems to decline as people age. But, could this have more to do with tooth loss and inflamed gums than the aging process? The findings of a study indicate a possible association between oral health and cognitive function (the mental process of knowing, awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment) in middle aged adults. As part of the national Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, researchers investigated whether tooth loss and the presence of periodontal (gum) disease relate to reduced mental function.

Participants included over 11,000 late middle–aged adults who were studied from 1996 through 1998. Researchers measured delayed word recall, digit-symbol substitution and word fluency accompanied by a dental screening. Of the 8,554 participants who had natural teeth remaining, nearly 6,000 were given oral exams to measure dental condition, number of natural teeth and presence of inflammation from gum disease. Adjustments were made for factors including smoking, alcohol use and diabetes.

Approximately 13% of the study’s participants were totally without teeth. Of the participants with remaining natural teeth, over 27% had less than 20 teeth. Over 12% of those showed some level of periodontal (gum) disease.

Compared with participants who had natural teeth remaining, those without any natural teeth had lower scores for all cognitive tests. For participants who had fewer teeth and bleeding gums, they had lower digit-symbol substitution and word fluency scores.

The researchers feel the findings show that the absence of natural teeth relates to having less mental sharpness. Tooth loss and bleeding gums (a sign of periodontal bacteria) also seems to indicate reduced mental function among middle age people who still have some or all natural teeth.

Does being without teeth and having gum disease mean you are at risk for cognitive decline? Or, can gum inflammation negatively effect an adult’s mental sharpness as early as middle age? As research continues, we will keep you updated on the findings.

In the meantime, remember that prior research has already established that the health of your mouth effects your overall health. The bacteria of gum disease can become bloodborne through inflamed tissues and cause adverse reactions elsewhere in the body. This bacteria has already been associated with coronary artery disease, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies, and memory loss.

Be  committed to your oral health and your entire body will thank you! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an exam appointment. This is the first step towards a healthy, worry-free smile!

Close That Gap Between Teeth, Beautifully!

Why do some people have a gap between their two front teeth? One reason for a Diastima (gap) is because the jaw bone do not match the size of an individual’s teeth or when some teeth are missing or too small. Another cause can be an overgrowth of gum tissue that extends from above the front teeth to the inside of your upper lip.

Although orthodontics are one way to repair this gap, it is a slower method than other options, while often more costly, too. If teeth are small, they’ll remain so even after orthodontic treatment is completed, which means diligent and ongoing use of a retainer is necessary. It also means that the appearance of your smile won’t provide the overall outcome you desire.

Most of our patients with a Diastima opt for porcelain veneers. Veneers provide a highly-natural appearance with the durability and feel of real teeth, even reflecting light as natural teeth. Each veneer is placed on the front of a lightly prepared tooth surface to change its shape, size and shade. Very wide gaps may require 4 to 6 veneers in order to avoid having two front teeth that are unnaturally wide.

Bonding is a less-expensive option that is possible for individuals who have a fairly minor gap. Although today’s bonding materials provide a natural look and feel, bonding is not as durable or secure as porcelain veneers. For front teeth, this is an important consideration. Bonding is also more susceptible to staining and has less longevity. Prepare to have bonding redone every 5 – 10 years.

Today’s techniques and materials make closing a gap between front teeth a quick (often just one or two appointments) process to a beautiful smile. Begin with a no-cost Consultation. We’ll discuss your options and what will achieve your goals. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.