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A Sedation dentist for patients, in the Fort Lauderdale area, who has a history of psychological or physical trauma that prevents them from receiving needed dental treatment?
Patients who wish to remain conscious during treatment, sedation dentistry offers a safe and reliable technique for making dental visits comfortable and relaxing without putting the patient to sleep. Thanks to mild oral sedation pill, an alternative to IV sedation and general anesthesia.
How Oral Sedation Works
This type of sedation dentistry begins when the doctor administers a small, custom-prescribed pill shortly before treatment. Soon after swallowing the pill, the patient eases into an anxiety-free state. Patients who undergo oral Sedation Dentistry remain aware of their surroundings and yet feel calm and relaxed throughout their time in the treatment chair.
Many patients find that oral sedation dentistry allows them to undergo dental treatments and procedures they would have never before been able to tolerate. Oral sedation dentistry is an especially promising alternative for our younger patients or for people whose dental anxiety may only be exacerbated by the use of numbing injections or IV sedation. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area interested in learning more about oral sedation dentistry call the number above.
IV Concious Sedation Dentistry
IV concious sedation dentistry allows patients to undergo one or more procedures while they remain sedated of anxiety. This effect is achieve by using intravenous medication to calm the patient into a sedated state for the duration of the treatment. A state-of-the-art monitoring equipment is use to ensure that patients are always safe and comfortable, and all of the anesthesiology is administered by Florida board-certified dentist in IV concious Sedation.
IV sedation is indicated when the patient is apprehensive and/or does not want to remember anything when going to the dentist.
IV Sedation Dentistry Applications and Benefits
For many patients, a typical IV sedation dentistry visit may include deep cleanings, crowns and multi-specialty treatments such as as gum surgery, root canal, and dental implants. The anesthesia techniques selection is based on each individual's needs and desires.
The most obvious advantage of conscious IV aneshesia is to allow the patient to undergo multiple dental procedures, all while been sedated. In general, these sedated patients do not want to remember anything when going to the dentist.
Inhalants Sedation (Gas)
Instead of receiving medication intravenously through a vein, patients can opt to receive their sedation medication through the simple process of inhalation (anesthetics in the form of gas). A small mask attached to a tube is placed over the patient’s nose in order to administer the gas medication. Nitrous oxide, which is more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is one of the most common types of inhalants used in dentistry.
Are you Avoiding the Dentist?
Tips to get through your Next Dental Procedure
Have you had a traumatic bad experience at the dentist? Anxious patients cringe at the sight of the syringe and sound of the drill. They make dental appointments, and then cancel them. They get sweaty palms, feel overwhelming anxiety and have difficulty sleeping the night before their dental appointment. As patient, we have to lie back with our mouths wide open, unable to communicate – thus rendered passive and unable to see what is going on – all adding to the feeling of uncertainty and apprehension.
It is estimated that as many as 75 percent of Americans experience some degree of traumatic emotional trauma according to the text book writting by by Milgrom, Weinstein & Gets. Avoiding dentists ranges from mild feelings of apprehension to high levels of stress, emotional discomfort and full-blow panic attack.
About ten percent of Americans are considered dental phobic. The significant factor in a phobia is avoidance. These people avoid dental work at all costs. Only seeking treatment for an emergency or when in extreme pain. Teeth deteriorate to an appalling condition; resulting in low self-esteem, distancing from relationship, failure to achieve goals in life and a host of physical problems. They believe that no one understands their emotional trauma; they are embarrassed, ashamed and concerned that they are mentally unstable.
Signs and Symptoms of Dental Emotional Trauma
- Difficulty sleeping the night before a dental appointment
- Difficulty breathing or feeling that you are suffocating
- Racing or pounding heat; chest pain or tightness
- Trembling, shaking
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Churning stomach, physically ill
- Hot or cold flashes, sweating
- Feeling overwhelming anxiety or panic while in the waiting room
- Intense need to escape
- Feeling “unreal” or detached from yourself
- Fear of losing control of your body or going crazy
- Feeling like you are going to pass out
- Knowing that you are overreacting, but feeling powerless to control your fear.
What causes anxiety?
People are not born anxious; the association of anxiety with dentist develops out of socialization and personal learning experiences. Those who suffer from dental anxiety are usually very competent in all other areas of their lives.
Some people have difficulty tolerating a particular dental procedure or the associated pain. “I can’t stand needles,” “I hate dentistry” or “I would rather go with a toothache than go through that drill.”
Many people feel uncomfortable, helpless and claustrophobic during dental treatment. Others feel self-conscious, embarrassed and fear being scolded about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.
We fear the unknown and worry about receiving bad news. We believe that we have a horrible cancer, disease or infection.
Many life situation are experienced as stressful or difficult. Dental fear may be predominant, but it is frequently one of several fears or phobias. This is the most common type of dental fear in patient.
Treatment of Dental Anxiety
Treatment of dental anxiety often includes a combination of behavioral and pharmacological techniques. As with any illness, dental anxious patients must take some initiative in their treatment and recovery.
The relaxed body is more comfortable, has less stress, decreased blood pressure, a sense of well-being and mastery over fear. We can learn relaxation and breathing techniques that can be called upon when needed, in day-to-day life or in the dental chair.
Behavior and cognitive therapy:
Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of worry and anxiety, learn how to relax, look at situations in new, less frightening ways and develop better coping and problem-solving skills. Therapy gives you the skills to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them to accept dental care without undue difficulty.
A hierarchy of anxiety provoking situations and associated symptoms is stablished. Anxiety is reduced through gradual exposure to the identified situation, beginning with least threatening (sitting in the waiting room) and progressing to more threating (sitting in the chair waiting for the dentist too get the drill to begin treatment).
Sedation refers to the use of sedative medication to calm and relax patients prior to and during dental appointments. The degree of sedation may vary from light calming, to moderate sedation to general anesthesia. These sedation method may be obtained by two general routes. Oral sedation involves medication that are swallowed like Xanax, Valium or midazolam. The intravenous route involves the administration of sedative drugs like Versed.
Tips to get through your Next Dental Procedure
Develop a relationship with a dentist before something huts. Talk about your fears and share past experiences, ask questions about anything that worries you. Once your dentist knows about your situation, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best way to reduce your anxiety and increase your comfort. If your dentist does not take your situation seriously, find another dentist.
Stablish a signal – such as raising your hand –when you want the dentist or hygienist to stop treatment. Use this signal whenever you are uncomfortable, need to rinse your mouth or simply need to catch your breath.
Take a friend or family member along to meet the dentist, keep you company in the waiting room or for support during treatment.
THERE IS HOPE! You don’t have to live avoiding dentists. Regardless of your own personal experience, understand that your past traumation experience may have kept you from the dentist, but there is no need to be embarrassed. You can accept dental care without undue difficulty. You can reduce your anxiety level, keep appointments and your teeth, and have the confidence that a beautiful healthy smile can bring.
People are not born anxious; the association of avoiding the dentist develops out of socialization and personal learning experiences. WE CAN HELP! with Sedation Dentistry.
Gums exams are vital in the maintenance of your oral health as they are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They can help your dentist diagnose gum diseases, gingivitis and periodontitis. These gums exams can also reveal receding gums, exposed roots, tooth grinding and other gums related problems, making gums exams vital to maintaining proper oral health. Regular dental exams are important as they can reveal evidence of gum disease in its early stages.
During your gums examination, dentist should check:
- For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth
- Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose
- The color, texture, size and shape of your gums
- Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants
- How much plaque is on your teeth
- The depth of the space between your tooth and gum
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums. Dental x-rays can determine if the inflammation has spread to the supporting structures on the teeth so treatment can be started to correct the problem. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis goes untreated, which makes gums exams vital to preventing and putting an end to gum diseases.
We, as dentists in plantation, performer gums exam with each visit, emphasizing the importance of regular, routine dental visits.
A preventable problem affecting all ages!
"Tooth cavity affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years, and half of those aged 12 to 15 years. One-fourth of U.S. adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth" according to the Center for Disease Control. (CDC).
With a very personalized dental care program - just for you - tooth cavity can be a thing of the past. A cavity is a bacterial infection that is not only treatable, but it's also preventable.
From the outset, you can prevent tooth cavities for your baby or young child by not allowing them to fall asleep with a bottle of juice or milk. The acids in these beverages can cause severe teeth cavities.
For school-aged children, untreated cavities can cause a tooth pain, teeth absences, difficulty concentrating, and poor appearance. These are problems that greatly affect a child's quality of life. Teeth sealants and preventive fillings restorations protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth from the most common "pit and fissure" cavities.
Teens are notorious for paying minimal attention to healthy eating and oral hygiene, making this age group particularly vulnerable to tooth cavities.
For patients having braces, regular in-office dental cleanings are vital to prevent rampant cavities from occurring next to the braces.
Don't Rely on Self-Exams!
Tooth cavity is still a problem for adults today. Cavity can form along or underneath old fillings and crowns (caps) - often making it necessary to replace older dental restorations.
"Root cavities" due to receding gums and "dry mouth" are common with age. The lack of saliva diminishes your ability to protect your teeth against cavities. We will advise you on ways to stimulate natural saliva production to help neutralize tooth cavity-causing acids.
Remember, we are here to help you with any dental concerns you may have from tooth cavities.
Our goal is to provide you with the science, education and tools that will help you keep plaque in check. After all, this sticky film is the main culprit for both dental decay and periodontal disease.
Bacteria break down sugar and produce an acid that dissolves enamel and lead to decay. Gum tissue is highly susceptible to the toxic waste products released by the bacteria and formation of plaque, leaving your gums vulnerable to inflammation and infection or periodontitis.
Advanced dental research is helping us better understand hoe to control the overgrowth of oral bacteria. Prevention is beginning to focus on changing the oral environment.
Not all bacteria make-up of a healthy mouth differs greatly from a mouth full of cavities or periodontal disease. Researchers have identified friendly bacteria present in healthy mouths that are missing from diseased mouths.
THE “NEW SIENCE” BEHIND A HEALTHY SMILE
Recent studies offer evidence that the natural sweetener “xylitol” can help change the oral bacterial environment by blocking the metabolism of sugar.
Xylitol is a small molecule than fructose or glucose. It passes through the bacterial cell wall. Since the bacteria cannot metabolize the xylitol, it can not produce tooth-destroying acid.
Also under study is the role of “oral probiotics” in maintaining oral health. You are probably heard about probiotics to promote intestinal health; however, recently researchers have suggested the use of probiotics to boost oral health, as well.
Current research shows that specific oral probiotics can foster a healthier balance of oral bacteria. We will keep you updated about this promising research.
Remember, nothing works better than the tired-and-true method of healthy diet, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Pregnant Women with Gum Disease
"Baby Steps" to a healthy pregnancy. Pregnant women with gum disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early, too small and vulnerable to too many health risks.
If you, or someone you know, are planning to become become pregnant soon, make sure to stay on top of daily oral hygiene and dental visits. If you have not been flossing regularly or have not had your six-month dental cleaning, there is a good chance you have gum disease.
Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and preterm, low birth weight babies. It is likely that the culprit is a labor inducing chemical that is actually found in oral bacteria called prostaglandin. Very high levels of prostaglandin are found in a women with severe periodontal disease.
About half of women experience pregnancy gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease. Common symtoms include swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue.
When gigivitis is not properly addressed, it can develop into the more advanced oral health condition, periodontitis. This infection destroys the supporting bone and gums which holds teeth in place. The infection can also spread to other parts of the body.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease during pregnancy, a non surgical procedure called scaling and root planing may be recommended. Research suggests that these procedures may reduce the risk of preterm birth in pregnant women with periodontal disease.
Remember, the health of your gums may affect the health of your baby-to-be. Taking baby steps to give your child an on-time delivery is one of the best ways to give your baby a healthy start.
Look younger with Dental Implants
You can look younger and feel healthier with dental implants. Dental implants are like having a new set of natural teeth. You can enjoy the comforts of healthy eating, speaking and socializing without the embarrassment of missing teeth or “slipping” denture and partials. According to American Dental Association, a dental implant offers comfort, stability and is a dental restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth.
In a survey of more than 50,000 adults, only one-third of respondents were aware that missing teeth can alter facial contour. But that is only half the story. And what you do not know can hurt you. Chewing, talking, laughing and even kissing are a few instances when the role of healthy teeth is often taken for granted, until one or more teeth are damaged or lost.
Over time, even a single missing tooth can lead to bone loss which, in turn, can alter your jaw structure, cause teeth to shift and can actually change the shape of your face. Once the tooth roots are no longer in place, bone recession in that area can gradually develop into a “sunken” appearance prematurely aging your face.
Tooth replacement that also replaces your tooth root is necessary to maintain proper facial contour. Dental implants are the only tooth replacements that substitute your tooth’s crown and root.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth.
Tooth replacement is not just a cosmetic fix. Studies have shown that failing to replace lost teeth can also affect your eating habits, speech, self-esteem, quality of life and your overall health. Missing teeth that are not replaced can limit your diet to softer foods lacking of proper nutrition which can lead to weight problems, digestive disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dental implants allow you to eat foods that can enhance your health.
Why compromise your health, give up your favorite foods, or look older than you are, when you may not have to.
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Until you have experience tooth loss or having to adjust to partials or dentures you probably take for granted the simple pleasures of eating and tasting. Did you know that you can not fully taste food without “chewing awareness”? No matter how juicy that steak is or how tasty that spaghetti sauce might be, the eating experience goes beyond the mechanics of placing food in your mouth and chewing it.
Your gums, teeth, and palate (roof of your mouth) each play a part in how your brain processes chewing forces and food tastes. When your gum surfaces, teeth and palate are covered by dentures or partial, chewing reception is altered dulling your sense of taste.
The good news is dental implants help maintain normal “chewing awareness”. So if enjoying mouthwatering meals is an important part of your life, here’s just one more reason to consider the advantage of dental implants.
Dental implants are second to none. No other tooth replacement compares to the look, feel and function of dental implants. The good news is most people are candidates for this exciting, time-tested and proven treatment option. In addition, in dental implants treatment no other teeth are involved but the missing teeth.
Here are some of the many benefits of dental implants
- Dental implants look and feel more like your natural teeth
- Dental implants improved chewing ability
- Dental implants provide better nutrition and health
- Dental implants avoid facial bone loss
- Dental implants boost self-confidence
- Dental implants improve speech
Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions.
What are the dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots and crowns of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for one or a series of replacement teeth or can be used to anchor bridges and dentures.
What is the cost of dental implants?
Dental implant treatment can vary depending on your needs. Of course, a dental implant dentist will be able to fully determine the cost, which isbased on the specifics of your individual dental needs. These factors can include thecomplexity of your case and how long a dental implant treatment will take. In the U.S., the cost of dental implants treatment ranges from $1,500 to $2,000, with the national average at about $1,700.For instance, average dental implants cost in Fort Lauderdale, FL is $1,700.
Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Dental insurance plans may cover on average $400 - 800 towards dental implant cost just as they would with other teeth replacement treatments like dental bridgework. Either your dentist insurance provider or your dental insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact dental coverage for your dental implant treatment based on you dental insurance coverage policy. If your dental insurance does not cover all of your dental implant treatment costs or if the cost of a dental implant is a concern for you, talk to your dental implant dentist provider about payment options - many dental implant dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans and financing, many with no down payment and no interest. About one-half of dental implant patient use financing options to spread their dental implant treatment costs over time.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
According to American Dental Association, candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the dental implant. A thorough evaluation by your implant dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implant patients are of all ages and dental implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to dental injury, gums disease or dental cavity. Dental implant is especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. A complete oral exam, dental x-rays, dental and medical health history are necessary to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Do I have enough gums and bone to hold a dental implant?
It is important for a dental implant patient to have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency.
Why replace my missing tooth in the back if I can't see it?
For one thing, if you lose an upper tooth, you essentially lose the chewing function of that tooth and the one just below it. In addition, when you don’t replace a missing tooth, excessive force is then placed on adjacent teeth and may lead to tooth fractures and tipping. By ignoring damaged or missing teeth, you leave yourself prone to further tooth loss, teeth shifting, crowded teeth, speech problems, diet restrictions and other dental complications.
Facts and figures about dental implants
- More than 4 millions people have dental implants and that number is growing by over 500,000 a year
- Dental implants have been used for over 50 years.
- In some cases, the cost of a single tooth implant is less than the cost of a fixed three unit dental bridge. (a fixed three unit bridge is needed to replace a single missing tooth)
- Unlike dental bridgework, dental implants don’t require the reduction of healthy adjacent teeth.
- Dental implants are considered more predictable than dental bridgework and root canals treatments.
For millions of people, a healthy and beautiful smile starts with taking care of crooked teeth. There is no surprise that a healthy and attractive smile makes people feel and look their best.
Did you know that the benefits of having straight and properly aligned teeth go far beyond a confident smile? According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal gums problems like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Our 5 reasons why, as of 2016, over 5 million people worldwide have chosen to be treated with Invisalign over braces comes from numerous patient interviews and researching the Invisalign market. And despite tough economic times, the number of Invisalign treatment keeps growing daily for the same 5 reasons listed below.
There are definitely other good options for straightening patient teeth, but no one seems to offer the level of comfort and convenience that Invisalign provides.
REASON 1. Invisalign is made to fit different lifestyles.
The good news is the Invisalign system does not require the patient to change his or her busy lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. With the comfort and convenience of customized clear plastic aligners, Invisalign would not hold patients back with a high number of visits to the dentist like conventional orthodontic braces typically do.
Unlike with braces, a patient under Invisalign treatment has the flexibility to remove the aligners to eat and drink what he or she wants during treatment without any limitation. One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This often leads to dental plaque buildup and decalcification of teeth. In the majority of patients wearing braces, this plaque buildup may eventually lead to tooth decay and bleeding gums. So, how convenient can Invisalign be? Invisalign allows the patients to enjoy their favorite food without any restriction. The Invisalign aligner can also be easily removed to brush and floss as they normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
In addition, it does not matter what type of sport the patient enjoys, Invisalign aligners would not get in the way.
With Invisalign, the patient can be as active as he or she would like to be. The patient can remove the Invisalign aligner for special events, business meetings or social gathering.
REASON 2. Invisalign treatment is a metal-free choice.
There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to a patient’s mouth, a major advantage over traditional braces. Since dental office visits during Invisalign treatment don't involve metal or wire adjustments, the patient will likely spend much less time in the dentist's chair.
Invisalign straightens crooked teeth right before patients’ eyes. If a patient is a candidate for Invisalign treatment, his or her teeth will move, little by little, toward a new smile with straighter and healthier teeth. In fact, Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable.
Once a trained and certified Invisalign dentist have determined that the patient is a candidate for Invisalign, he can correct imperfections in a wide range of smiles, including Overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Patients who their teeth have shifted since wearing braces are also the good candidate for Invisalign.
REASON 3. The main benefit of Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible.
Invisalign are clear aligners that allow patients to look their best while they smile with confidence during and after their Invisalign treatment. In addition, most people would not even notice that there are wearing Invisalign aligners.
Most Invisalign patients interviewed love the fact that Invisalign aligners are unnoticeable to family members, friends, and co-workers. No one may even notice that they are wearing them. Invisalign also allows the patients to view their virtual results and treatment plan before they start so they can see how their straightened teeth will look when their treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, they are able to see it for themselves on a computer screen.
REASON 4.The process of getting started with Invisalign is easy and painless.
The path to an Invisalign treatment begins at a dental office of an Invisalign certified provider. Here are the five steps patients have to go through to achieve straight teeth with Invisalign.
- Step 1: Initial Invisalign®Visit During the initialInvisalign®examthe dentist will evaluate, assess and discuss the course and cost of treatment with the patient. The dental office would then take teeth bite impressions, photos of your teeth and send them to Invisalign for processing.
About Invisalign cost: In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $4,000 to $7,000, with the national average at about $5,000. Some dental insurance plans cover on average $1,000 towards Invisalign treatment cost just as they would with other orthodontic treatments like braces. But of course, an Invisalign dentist will be able to fully determine the cost, which is based on the specifics of a patient individual needs. These factors can include the complexity of a patient case and how long the Invisalign treatment will take. Either your Invisalign dentist provider or your insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact coverage for your treatment. If your insurance does not cover part of your Invisalign treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, talk to your Invisalign dentist provider about payment options - many Invisalign dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, many with no down payment and no interest. About one-third of Invisalign patients use financing options to spread their treatment costs over time like care credit.
- Step 2: Invisalign makes your aligners
Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform the patient teeth bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. This technology will also simulate the patient complete Invisalign treatment plan from the initial position to the final position of the patient’s teeth.
- Step 3: You receive your clear aligners in a few weeks.
During the next visit to the dental office, the patient will receive his or her first set of clear Invisalign aligners.
- Step 4: You wear your Invisalign aligners.
The patient will wear his or her first Invisalign aligner day and night for two weeks. Then it is replaced by the next aligner in the series until the final desired teeth position is achieved. Invisalign aligners can be removed when eating, brushing and flossing. Each case is a little different. However on the average Invisalign treatment last about a year. The patient will visit the dental office about 8 weeks for the progress check.
- Step 5: You've finished Invisalign treatment!
When the patient is finished wearing each Invisalign aligner in the series, his or her Invisalign treatment will be complete and he or she will be required to wear an upper and lower orthodontic retainers of his or her choice. The patient can choose from a fixed or clear removable retainer.
REASON 5. Invisalign has been proven effective worldwide.
The Invisalign system has been proven effective through scientific orthodontics research and in clinical dental practices worldwide. Dentists have been using invisible orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth for decades. And as of 2016 million of patients have been successfully treated with Invisalign technology. About nine out of ten patients are “very satisfied” with their Invisalign. Invisalign scientific publications on Invisalign treatments are dated as far as the year 2000.
Your mouth is both a window to your health and a doorway to disease! In fact, an article published in the Harvard Dental Bulletin was entitled, “Floss or die: the link between oral health and cardiac disease.”
Research has linked advanced gum disease to serious and even life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke! The more you brush, floss and have regular cleanings, the less likely you are to develop gum disease.
Every day counts!! What you have just read should give you a big hint as to why daily home oral hygiene should be a top priority in your life. Because no matter how busy your schedule the simple fact is that you eat every day. And failure to properly clean your teeth on a daily basis can result in gum disease. Bottom line: Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss and health losses!
You know what happens to food that’s been left out too long. Something similar happens when you don’t remove food residue from your teeth and gums. That’s when plaque forms!
Plaque, a mixture of saliva, bacterial and food debris, forms on your teeth every single day. An every day, millions of bacteria that clump together in plaque secrete toxins that eventually cause decay and gums disease. Let’s face it: An unhealthy mouth will compromise you health and slow you down. Don’t let dental neglect devour your health time, energy, confidence, and money! Advance gum disease can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to other diseases.
Tooth loss can make you look 10 years older! The resulting bone loss creates “sunken cheeks” and wrinkles. Imagine reaching your 50s, 60s or older and discovering there were no option available to replace one, several, or all of your lost teeth?
The fact is that if all of your teeth are missing and not replaced, the lower one-third of your face can collapse, creating the effect that your chin is trying to touch your nose. For some folks this is a nightmare come to life. Excessive bone loss due to gum disease like periodontitis and teeth extractions means you may not be a candidate for crowns, fixed bridges, dental implants, partials dentures or even complete dentures!
The problems is that limiting your tooth replacement options will lead to further bone loss and less comfortable choices.
Think prevention. Your jawbone, gums and teeth help define your unique facial structure. Unreplaced tooth loss, and resulting bone loss, can alter you appearance and speech, erode your self-confidence, affect your diet and harm your health and can also impair your social, personal and professional life.
We all know that changes occur naturally as a result of the aging process. However, when gums disease like periodontitis is ignored and lost teeth are not replaced, the process of bone loss and facial aging is grossly accelerated.
Whether a tooth is lost due to infection or injury, without natural chewing forces the bone in that area is no longer stimulated and begins to shrink almost immediately. Significant bone loss always occurs within the first year, which is why tooth replacement should not be delayed. Tooth loss, especially if infection was involved, can result in 40% to 60% bone loss in a period of just two to three years.
Bone deterioration does not stop at the area underneath the missing tooth; it can progress to the bone under healthy teeth creating further tooth loss. Since the facial changes occur gradually, you may not notice them, but those around you may.
You can reduce bone loss and completely eliminate tooth loss. By focusing on prevention and working with an exceptional dental team, you can prevent the damaging effects of gum disease and decay. If you are about to lose a tooth or have a tooth to be extracted, there are a number of ways to prevent your jawbone – at the time of the extraction. If you have missing teeth in need of replacement, a dental team can discuss the many options that best suit your need.
Prevention is the key to avoiding the nightmare of unnecessary tooth loss and the damage it can do to your health, emotional well-being and appearance.
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