Full-Mouth Reconstruction. A Healthy, Functional, and Beautiful Smile
Are You Missing Out on Life Because of Missing Teeth?
One of the last things you want as a dental patient is to lose teeth without a careful plan of their replacement. Pulling teeth out should be an absolute last resort for dentists, and when it does have to happen, it should be done precisely the right way.
The good news is that no matter how many teeth a person is missing, a beautiful smile is still possible, and along with it comes a sense of youth, beauty, and confidence. Restoration can be performed with virtually no pain, in a few hours while you rest in peaceful twilight.
Missing Teeth and Eating
Missing teeth significantly impact a person’s ability to enjoy food, entertainment, and gatherings with friends and family. Eating is involved in so many parts of life and is what sustains life, not to mention it offers growth, enjoyment, entertainment, social interaction, and a sense of community.
Because eating plays such a key role in most social events, from holiday gatherings, dates, and weddings to job interviews and business functions, missing teeth can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life.
Think about it: when you are missing teeth, it’s easier for food particles to get stuck in empty crevices or adjacent teeth, creating embarrassing situations or, in some cases, even choking hazards. Living with missing teeth isn’t just less attractive than a healthy smile; it’s a problem that leads to all kinds of uncomfortable situations. Many clients with missing teeth have low confidence in eating situations. Because eating is so closely intertwined with business, relationships, and family events, it really can negatively impact one’s life.
Thankfully though, you don’t have to settle for a life with missing teeth. There is a clear solution to your unique set of dental challenges. Even if you already have dentures or bridges, there are new ideas to explore. Whatever your situation, you don’t have to miss out on life.
Tooth Removal Is Not the Only Option
Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in our country. While it starts out as a quiet and painless problem, it slowly grows and extends through the mouth until it reaches a point where a tooth starts hurting. By then though, it’s usually too late to stop it. The disease will have spread far enough to loosen teeth, and there may be nothing a dentist can do to save them.
It is possible to catch and treat gum disease easily through regular dental visits on at least a biannual basis. The problem is that so many people avoid dentists because of fear and anxiety that they never catch the disease in its early stages. Many people think that if nothing hurts, everything must be fine—but with initially painless gum disease, that is not the case.
Intraoral bacteria are seeping down into their gums, wreaking havoc, eating away the gum and the bone that support the teeth. As the disease progresses, the teeth start getting looser and looser, the spaces between teeth enlarge, affecting person’s general health and appearance.
The goal should always be to save your teeth. If there is a good possibility of saving the tooth, that is what should be done, whether that means utilizing the latest in laser technology for gum treatment or using more extensive procedures. The benefit of laser gum treatment is that it is wonderfully less invasive than a scalpel and stitches. It works nicely to totally kill the bacteria causing the disease. Sometimes though, a tooth needs to be saved with a root canal—like for salvageable teeth that have a lot of cavities, decay, or breaks.