When it comes to replacing missing teeth these days, a number of adults make the decision to go forward with dental implants. However, dental implants are not always a preferred choice for individuals facing tooth replacement, nor advisable for some.
For example, the health of some individuals may hold potential problems when it comes to implant success. This is true for people undergoing cancer treatment or who take certain medications for osteoporosis. For some of these patients, the risks may be too high.
Additionally, some mouths are too small for implant placement at proper depths or angles. For instance, if a back tooth needs replacing and the bone mass is minimal, even bone rebuilding procedures may fail to overcome the challenge of the best positioning.
Although our office offers advanced skills and training in the diagnosis and placement of dental implants, rest assured that we also have advanced training and skills in other methods to replace teeth.
Our patients also have access to many features and advanced technology that optimize comfort, speed healing time, and minimize treatment time. Some procedures can be completed in just two visits.
In addition to dental implants, options to replace missing teeth include…
Full Dentures – A Full Denture is typically removable and replaces all teeth as well as the foundation of gums that may have diminished over time. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new teeth because even the best fitting denture can feel awkward at first. Some have difficulty eating for several days and may notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, or minor speech difficulty. However, once the patient has adjusted to this new feel, a denture can be worn comfortably and function with stability.
Replacing a tooth is a big decision, and affects a large number of adults. It is estimated that over 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 years have at least one missing tooth.
It is also highly important to replace a missing tooth.
The arrangement of teeth is a balanced support system that provides proper support and stability. Not replacing a tooth can trigger a domino effect of continual oral challenges. Typical problems include drifting, shifting, and an increased risk of gum disease and decay.
In a normal, healthy mouth, there is a natural balance of alignment. Each tooth has three or four companion teeth. These include adjacent teeth on either side as well as the upper or lower teeth that meet them. Upper and lower teeth must work harmoniously to provide comfortable chewing function.
When a tooth is lost, the proper position of neighboring teeth is at risk. When teeth shift or tilt, it can lead to chipped, broken or fractured teeth. Eventually, this can cause problems with the TMJ (jaw joints), which may lead to headaches, migraines, worn teeth, and clenching or grinding during sleep.
Not replacing a tooth also places others at higher risks for being lost. Statistics show that a neighboring tooth is the most likely be lost next when subjected to the same conditions. With each tooth lost, the problems are magnified and the cycle of tooth loss continues. And, so do the associated decisions, costs, and treatment time for replacement.
For many reasons, we recommend dental implants whenever practical and desirable to the patient. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) five million implants are placed in the U.S. each year. They restore dependable biting and chewing, have a nearly 98 percent success rate, and are designed to last a lifetime (making them an excellent investment).
Still, we understand an implant is not the preferred or most practical choice for every patient. Once our patients know the options recommended for their needs, we respect the wishes of each and are committed to the best outcome for each.
If you need to replace missing teeth or an existing appliance, let’s discuss your options during a no-charge consultation appointment. During this time, I’ll explain the advantages and challenges of each and the procedures involved. Call 843-871-6351.
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When it comes to dental implants, there can be some rather confusing information on the internet. Online “sales” for implants often promote unusually low prices, such as $999 offers. Yet, these enticing prices don’t always give people a clear picture of what their treatment costs will actually be.
Dental implants are a highly successful replacement system for missing natural teeth. This is largely because implants are held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots were once. Through this sturdy foundation, biting and chewing stability for the attached teeth are restored.
However, there are particulars you should know if you are considering dental implants. Rather than be lured by a low price advertised online, keep the following in mind to get the most from your investment:
First, know your product. Dental implant systems are generally made up of 3 parts:
While that $999 price may cover the implanted piece, that’s of no good to you without the other components. Those will be added fees. However, there are additional things you should keep in mind.
Comfort options are very important during the dental implant placement process. Does the low price include Oral or I.V. sedation? If not a “mini-implant” placement (short implants placed at minimal depth), or if you need more than one implant, we recommend our patients to have Oral Sedation for optimal comfort and relaxation.
We include Oral Sedation in the cost of your implant placement, so you needn’t worry about an added fee for the comfort level you deserve. For those who desire a deeper level of sedation, we also offer I.V. Sedation, also known as “twilight sleep.”
Another consideration is the type of implant. Do you need a single implant or one that will support a bridge of two or more teeth? Some of these “deals” may have you paying for an implant for each missing tooth. However, one implant can typically hold more than one tooth.
Because the cost of dental implant treatment largely depends on the number of implants placed, having two or more teeth attached to just one implant can save you significantly in overall treatment costs.
It is highly important to select your implant dentist carefully. Does the dentist offering the low fee know which implant is best for you? Or, is he or she offering a particular type at a bargain rate?
Dental implants are not “one size fits all.” There are over 50 different types of implant systems, each designed to accommodate specific needs. If a type that is not right for you is selected and placed, you could end up with a failed implant.
When an implant fails, this means that it must be removed in order for the bone to re-heal and regenerate so a new implant can be placed. This takes additional time and expense, and the expense is in addition to what you’ve already spent. Having an experienced dentist with advanced training in all types of implant systems will help you enjoy an optimal outcome with minimal risks.
Also to be acknowledged is the look and feel of the implant restoration. Especially if the tooth could be visible in a smile, you want the replacement tooth (or teeth) to have the look and feel of a “real” tooth. The low price you may be getting, if the restoration is included in the cost, may not satisfy you when it comes to the appearance of your smile.
What all this comes down to is getting the most for your investment. This begins and ends with a dentist you can trust. Having your dental implant treatment overseen by an experienced implant dentist who is committed to your long-term well-being is more important that the risks you take placing low price as your main priority.
We are proud of our reputation for providing state-of-the-art technology, advanced techniques, and recommendations that come from an ethical commitment. We never over-treat or under-treat and respect the desires of our patients regardless of their preferences.
You are invited to schedule a no-charge consultation appointment to discuss your individual needs and goals. I’ll be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations. We can discuss various implant systems that will work best for you as well as comfort options, treatment time, and payment plans. If you have insurance coverage that may apply, we can also begin research on what you might reap from that.
Our ultimate desire is to provide each patient with an ideal outcome for a reasonable fee. We believe that our commitment to you will provide you with results that exceed your expectations. Too, the most frequent statement we hear from our completed implant patients is, “It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.” followed by, “I only wish I’d done this years ago!”
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The health and appearance of your smile depends on a daily commitment of thorough at-home care. It also depends on regular involvement with your general dentist.
These visits are designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup that has accumulated between visits and catch problems at early stages. The appointments are spaced at 6-month intervals to keep you in a better position to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
Not many people look forward to a dental cleaning or exam, although we actually have some who tell us they DO look forward to their oral hygiene visits. They enjoy seeing long-time staff members whom they’ve grown close to. Primarily, though, they like the clean feeling and bright smile they get from these twice-a-year visits.
I understand people who don’t look forward to dental check ups, however. I feel the same way about my ophthalmologist. I know I need an annual eye exam and like the doctor and staff very much. But, the process isn’t something I deem pleasant, even though I appreciate its importance.
One of the reasons many of our patients are such long-time patients is because they trust us. They know we will never over-treat or under-treat, recommend treatment according to their specific needs, respect their preferences, and make their comfort a high priority at every visit.
Comfort is a big deal when it comes to dentistry. There are many individuals who avoid dental care altogether because they have such intense dread or fear associated with these visits. Dental fear or anxiety is said to affect over 70 percent of the American adult population.
To lessen the worries of anxiety or fear of being in pain, we have taken a number of measures. We pride ourselves on having a relationship of trust with our patients — they trust us to keep them comfortable and minimize the potential for discomfort. Yet, we know that comes with time. New patients simply don’t walk in and perceive that; they need to experience it to just know it’s part of our commitment to care.
Below are just a few of the ways my team and I optimize your comfort in our Summerville dental office:
For adults who have fear, anxiety, or even dental phobia, we have been able to help the majority to achieve a healthy, appealing smile while being relaxed and comfortable. Here, we know you can learn to dread less and smile more!
Consider starting with a no-charge consultation appointment. During this time, we will discuss your concerns, make recommendations for your specific needs and goals, and give you a firsthand look at the exceptional Summerville SC environment we offer for your very best smile.
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A new vehicle is a major investment. It is a purchase that you must be able to rely on for years. However, the choice of a vehicle is not only to get us from place to place, it is to provide a positive experience each time we’re behind the wheel.
Car and truck dealers know that purchasing a vehicle, even a used one, requires a sizeable investment. Thus, they offer financing options with monthly payments stretched over a period of time. This means that, for most, they can afford to make the payments while enjoying the pleasure of the vehicle.
When a patient considers the many advantages of dental implants, typically, the only hesitation to proceed with treatment lies in the cost. Because many insurance companies deem dental implants as an elective procedure, getting coverage is not always available.
I suppose they look at dental implants in a similar fashion as Lasik, which corrects common eye problems such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. While the surgery can restore many to 20-20 vision, insurance companies see this as elective, although they often provide benefits for eye glasses. Why? Well, the reason is pretty clear — $$$.
Yet, a large percentage of people who wear eye glasses don’t like wearing them. They can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and frustrating. The lenses are easily smudged with the simplest touch and, for things like being in the shower or for many sports, they are either useless or in the way.
This is why over 600,000 people opt for Lasik each year, knowing the expense will largely be out-of-pocket. They choose to make the investment because the advantages of NOT wearing glasses is worth it.
This is also why so many adults choose dental implants over other tooth replacement options. They advantages are endless, including:
• Dental implants are positioned in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. This provides a secure, dependable foundation for replacement teeth.
• Dental implants restore the ability to bite and chew foods comfortably.
• Dental implants do not move when eating, eliminating worries over embarrassing slips.
• Dental implants restore stimulation to the bone where they are held. This halts bone loss that can cause changes in facial appearance and ‘slippery’ dentures.
• Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, making them a ‘one and done’ investment.
• Dental implants will never decay, require a root canal or break.
• Dental implants enhance confidence in social settings, enabling you to enjoy smiling and laughing with others.
• Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes, each designed to accommodate specific needs.
• Dental implants are safe and one of the most successful of all implant-in-bone procedures.
• Dental implants can provide teeth that you brush in your mouth and a smile you’ll never ‘take out.’
Implant systems vary, with most being able to hold more than one tooth. For example, one implant can support a bridge of several teeth while several strategically-placed implants can support a full arch of teeth. Because the fees for implant treatment are largely based on the number of implants placed, this means that the costs for treatment may be less than you realize.
Having many years of experience in the diagnosis and placement of dental implants, I can determine which implant system may work best for you. We offer several easy payment options that break treatment fees into affordable monthly amounts, most requiring no down payment and interest-free.
In our office, I also provide both oral and I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) for optimal comfort and relaxation during your procedure. With every visit, my staff and I make comfort a high priority. We take great pride in helping once fearful patients to overcome their fears through a relationship of trust, knowing their needs are respected.
To fully consider dental implants for your individual needs and goals, schedule a no-charge consultation. This is a private conversation in a room removed from the clinical side of the office. During this time, I’ll answer your questions and explain the process of the implant systems best for you.
Call 843-871-6351 to schedule your consultation appointment. I look forward to meeting you!
With October right around the corner, people who have dental insurance coverage are starting to realize their benefits will soon vanish if not used by the end of the year.
The year’s last few months are also a great time to examine the goals you had for 2016 and how you’d like to begin 2017. Are you interested in replacing old, silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings? Would your life improve by replacing an unstable denture or partial with Dental Implants? Could a smile makeover give you the confidence to smile more often?
Our office takes great pride in helping patients achieve their smile goals while maximizing available coverages. For example, because some treatments require several appointments to complete, we can often start procedures at the end of the year and conclude after the new year begins. This can give a ‘double dip’ that allows patients to reap the benefits from two insurance calendar years.
For patients without dental insurance, we offer Patient Loyalty programs that provide appealing discounts. Several payment options are available as well, with most requiring no down payment with no interest charged.
Because our schedule can fill quickly from October through December, early scheduling is urged. This can help you enjoy treatment that is paced to your convenience and budget. Especially for treatments that require several appointments, early booking allows you to select the dates and times that work best for your schedule.
An attractive, confident smile tends to be shared more often and sends a positive message to others. It can improve self-esteem and self-confidence in addition to enhancing facial appearance.
Protecting the health of your smile should be a number one priority – every year. Too, people who have regular dental checkups and cleanings often avoid expenses to repair cavities, gum disease and other problems. Early treatment can also help in preventing problems from requiring more extensive – and expensive – treatment later.
For 2017, act now by scheduling a free consultation or calling with questions. We will gladly have our Insurance and Financial Coordinator meet with you to discuss the payment options that may work best for you. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.Read More
When a patient loses natural teeth or a new patient arrives with a ‘wobbly’ denture, uncomfortable partial or aging bridge, I take the time to help each understand all their options for replacing teeth.
During our conversation, I try to be very forthright in covering the advantages and challenges of each. Some patients who were initially leaning towards the least costly option change their minds once realizing the ‘real’ costs associated with the cheaper methods.
While my goal is to provide the best result for every treatment we provide, it is also to respect the wishes of each patient. Some prefer a full denture. Some are content with a partial or bridge. Others opt for Dental Implants. Here are reasons why…
• Dental Implants restore biting strength and chewing stability: Dental Implants are held by the upper or lower jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. As a matter of fact, once in place, the bone grows around them to fully anchor them in the jaw. This means that biting and chewing can be done confidently and without fear of embarrassing slips or uncomfortable rubbing.
• Dental Implants help to prevent declining mass of the jaw bone: When natural tooth roots are no longer present, the jaw bone that held them now lacks the nourishment and stimulation they once provided. Without this, the bone begins to shrink. This continually changes the fit of a denture or partial and creates a gap beneath a bridge. Bone loss also causes changes in facial appearance that are aging far beyond one’s actual years. The presence of an implant restores stimulation to the bone and halts the progress of bone loss.
• Dental Implants are successful: Dental Implants have one of the highest success rates of any in-bone implant in the body, including hips and knees. When properly selected, placed and maintained, they are designed to last your lifetime.
• Dental Implants are a one-time expense: Because Dental Implants do not decay, require root canals, crack or break, your investment is ‘one and done.’ The material they are made of is designed to biologically integrate with living bone and is not rejected nor will it cause adverse reactions to surrounding structures. With proper care, they will last as long as you do!
• Dental Implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support: Unlike crown-&-bridge combinations or partials, Dental Implants do not depend on adjacent teeth. And, because they help to preserve the bone that supports neighboring teeth, they are actually beneficial to the life of other natural teeth.
• Dental Implants help to protect your overall health: The ability to eat a diet rich in healthy, fibrous and protein-rich foods enables our bodies to function properly. And, the ability to eat without fear of embarrassing moments or uncomfortable rubbing instills the confidence to be socially active. Because many social settings are centered around food, people who have Dental Implants know they can confidently eat, laugh and speak closely with others.
• Dental Implants are a ‘no regrets’ method of tooth replacement: I’ve never had one patient who felt their implants were anything but “the best investment I’ve ever made!”
The only ‘challenge’ when it comes to Dental Implants is the all-upfront expense. While they are an excellent investment, the fees are paid before treatment completion. Although we have several no-interest, no down payment financial plans available, some people are uneasy with this type of commitment, especially when they’ve become used to a minimal investment made for dentistry each year.
Insurance often deems Dental Implants as elective, as dentures and bridges require less coverage. However, as one patient put it, “I’m not about to let an insurance company dictate how I’ll live the rest of my life.”
Again, we abide by our patients’ decisions. Once they know the facts, we support them in creating the smile of their choosing. We believe an informed patient is fully capable of making decisions that suit their needs to the greatest extent.
If you wish to discuss your options for replacing teeth, call for a no-cost, no obligation consultation, toll free 1-877-966-9009. I’ll be happy to answer your questions and discuss potential treatment expenses.Read More
With the growing access to dental insurance, regular dental care has become a greater part of the overall health commitment for the American population. This is a positive move, especially since research has linked oral health problems with serious diseases. Oral bacteria has been found to trigger everything from heart disease to arthritis to impotency.
On the not-so-positive side of this is a perception among some Americans that their insurance will cover all their needs, and if their insurance company won’t cover something, it’s not necessary. This misconception exists among those who have dental and medical insurance. In reality, what this boils down to is this: Those who are paying these insurance companies are literally allowing them to dictate the standard of care they receive as well as the extent of care. Keep in mind that these insurance companies are for-profit corporations.
Even those with coverage have limited benefits, for most plans, when it comes to one’s typical dental needs. Dental insurance is most often structured to cover basic needs (cleanings, limited number of fillings and crowns, etc.) rather than the preventive care that saves you from bigger expenses later on. This is why we encourage patients to look beyond the decisions an insurance conglomerate makes and take charge of achieving and maintaining the healthy, confident smile they desire.
When it comes right down to it, however, adults can take minor measures to prevent costs and treatment time when it comes to their dental health. Regardless of having insurance or not, begin by being committed to your regular dental hygiene visits. Your 6-month exams and cleanings are visits to remove buildup that can lead to problems and catch problems while still small. This allows us to treat problems early while only minimal time and expense is needed for repairs.
Your home care routine can also help you minimize or avoid problems by keeping oral bacteria to a minimal level. While the routine of brushing and flossing may seem to be a minor effort, it is actually your most effective way to control oral bacteria and prevent buildup. Be committed to twice-daily brushing, devoting at least two minutes using a soft to medium bristle tooth brush and fluoridated tooth paste. Floss daily or use an electronic flosser that are now available in many stores.
Time your brushing so it doesn’t occur right after a meal. Here’s why: After consuming food or beverages, an acid attack occurs in your mouth, which is part of the digestive process. Unfortunately, this acid can soften tooth enamel for 20-30 minutes after eating. Brushing during this time can wear down enamel and weaken the protective shell that covers teeth. Wait at least 20 minutes after eating before brushing to give the acid levels time to subside.
Dry mouth is also a problem that allows oral bacteria to accumulate. Saliva’s job is to continually move oral bacteria out of the mouth. Without sufficient saliva, this bacteria can reproduce rapidly. An accumulation of oral bacteria can lead to problems with the gums and cause cavities – things that are costly to repair.
Dry mouth can be the result of smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, some medications and mouth breathing. It can also occur due to snoring or health conditions such as anemia, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes.
To avoid dry mouth, drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you take medications that have a side effect of oral dryness, ask your doctor to recommend options that may not be so drying. Also, try an over-the-counter oral mouthwash that is formulated to help with dry mouth. We can also recommend prescriptive strength versions if you prefer.
Another way to reduce oral bacteria is to use a tongue scraper. This flat strip uproots bacteria that are embedded in your tongue. Several swipes across the tongue each day can dislodge a enormous amount of bacteria. Start at the back of the tongue and rinse the scraper after each sweep. No scraper? You can also brush your tongue with your tooth brush after brushing.
When problems are found, including cavities, cracks or fractures, early treatment is always advised to prevent the problem from becoming a more complex issue. Many problems that are assumed ‘can wait’ can lead to tooth loss. When a tooth requires removal, it becomes an ongoing ordeal with expenses that seem unending.
When a natural tooth is lost, its absence effects the proper alignment of surrounding teeth. This heightens the risk for broken, chipped or worn teeth. Misalignment can also lead to TMJ (jaw joint) problems that later result in headaches, migraines, night-time clenching or grinding or ear ringing. Crowning a tooth to protect and save it can save you much by preventing future problems and costs.
Save money on dental expenses with simple steps and a commitment to your smile every day. Remember, the confidence of a clean, healthy mouth is priceless!
Renew your commitment to your smile and start the coming year with smiling confidence. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to begin with a free consultation. During this time, we’ll be happy to discuss payment options for expenses not covered by insurance or for those who do not have dental insurance.Read More
Although bringing in a new year is often associated with inspiring self-improvement resolutions, in our office, we see this occur from October through December. The reason – people who have dental insurance coverage realize their benefits are getting ready to vanish if not used by the end of the year.
While losing 15 pounds may seem like a confidence booster, having an appealing, confident smile seems to become one’s ‘best asset.’ An attractive smile beams more often, sending a positive message to others. It can improve self-esteem and self-confidence in addition to facial appearance. Smile enhancement and protecting the health of your smile should be number one on any list all year long.
For people who want to avoid out-of-pocket expenses for treatment of cavities, gum disease and other problems, some coverages offer a tremendous benefit. Dental cleanings, repairing cavities early or even crowning a fractured tooth can prevent problems from requiring more extensive – and expensive – treatment later.
In our office, we take great pride in helping patients achieve their smile goals while maximizing available coverage. For example, because some treatments require several appointments to complete, we can start some procedures at the end of the year and conclude after the new year begins. This often provides a ‘double dip’ when it comes to enjoying the most from your insurance benefits.
No dental insurance? No problem! We offer Patient Loyalty programs for appealing discounts as well as several payment options. Most provide financial assistance that requires no down payment and are interest free.
Please remember that our schedule can become quickly booked during the latter few months. Early scheduling can help you enjoy treatment paced at your convenience and budget.
For 2016, move forward NOW to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Begin by asking for a free consultation or calling with questions. You can also bring your policy booklet to our office and we’ll gladly review it to discuss available coverage for the treatment you desire. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.Read More
Have you ever noticed someone with a great smile and thought about how it made YOU feel? Something about a terrific smile seems to leave a lasting impression. While it’s obvious that a healthy, appealing smile can make one more attractive, a great smile goes far beyond an advantage to just looks.
Everyone likes to be around positive people. Someone who smiles often projects warmth, friendliness and self-confidence. These are all qualities that make their presence welcome.
This is why a smile may be an on-the-job advantage. Studies have shown that people who smile often and have a healthy, attractive smile are perceived to be more confident, easy to approach, more successful and more likely to be promoted.
Smiling is also a quick way to look younger. When you smile, you get an instant face lift. Smiling pulls facial muscles upward, hence lifting sagging areas.
However, many people are unaware of the psychological advantages of smiling. Smiling can lower blood pressure and boost the immune system by releasing endorphins and serotonin. These are the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain, giving you a natural high.
An exercise in this is to smile while having negative thoughts. It’s surprisingly difficult to do. This shows how powerful a smile can be in creating a positive mindset.
If your smile is not inspiring you to smile often, consider a smile makeover. The affordability is often unexpected since there are many options in cosmetic dentistry. Whitening, bonding, porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are ways to improve a smile, often in just one or two appointments. Some financial plans enable you to enjoy your new smile while making easy, monthly payments (with no down payment required, in most cases).
I’ve never completed a smile enhancement on a patient who didn’t say, “This is the best investment I’ve ever made.” Don’t deny yourself a smile that can add so significantly to your life in countless ways. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a free consultation. And get ready to smile your best, and often!Read More
When you think of the ‘mileage’ you get from your smile, it’s one of the best investments you can make. Yet, one of the top reasons people don’t have the beautiful, confident smile they want is due to the level of treatment fees.
Let’s first consider the benefits you receive from a healthy, appealing smile. You’ll likely smile more often, projecting an upbeat individual to others. Your oral health will support your overall health by reducing oral inflammation that can contribute to serious health problems. You’ll avoid night-time clenching and grinding and chipped teeth from bite misalignment. A beautiful smile will also enhance your facial appearance, boosting self-esteem.
Now, considering that your smile is a 24/7 part of your life, it’s tremendously important! We offer several payment options, some that break treatment fees into affordable monthly payments with no down payment required and no interest charged. We also offer Illumisure for those who don’t have dental insurance.
Imagine how your life would change if your smile was exactly as you wanted. Then, call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation. We’ll discuss what will work best for your individual needs and help pace your treatment affordably.Read More
There is a commercial on television for a nail fungus treatment. To illustrate its presence, the fungus is portrayed by a nasty-looking cartoon character. The ‘creature’ is representative of living cells that decompose nutrients. Although it is a viewer-friendly way to think of nail fungus, fungi are actually ugly and destructive.
As a dentist, I wish there was a similar illustration for oral bacteria. I have a firsthand view of just how devastating bacterial accumulation in gum tissues can be. However, the American population is still widely unaware of the destructive effect this can have on one’s overall health and well-being, not to mention their smile.
When an individual cuts himself, he will wash the cut and bandage it. This prevents bacteria from creating an infection that can become serious, even deadly. Yet, when a person’s gums are bleeding from a simple act as brushing teeth, this warning sign of gum disease is often ignored, even thought of as normal.
Think of bacteria as living creatures in your mouth – because they are! Bacteria are micro-organisms that feed on your tissues. They reproduce in your mouth and even create waste! Oral bacteria destroy gum tissues and attack supporting bone. Untreated gum disease will result in eventual tooth loss.
Yet, the damage of gum disease bacteria doesn’t stop with your smile. Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream through tears in diseased tissue. Once bloodborne, the bacteria can trigger inflammatory reactions in the body. Research has linked gum disease bacteria to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and even impotency.
If you see blood in the sink while brushing, it’s anything but normal. Remember that this symptom represents an enormous colony of ugly little creatures who’ve claimed your mouth as their home. Then, vow to react. Ridding yourself of oral bacteria can be done comfortably and affordably with early treatment.
Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a thorough examination. Your smile will thank you and you’ll be safe-guarding your overall health as well.Read More
The majority of New Year’s resolutions pertain to getting fit and improving one’s health. While many people are eating more salads and spending more time at the gym, there are significant ways to improve your overall health, all orally related.
• Want to lower your risk for major health problems? Your mouth takes in an enormous amount of bacteria with food particles creating a breeding ground for their reproduction. Oral bacteria has been linked to serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and impotency. SOLUTION: Renew your commitment for twice daily brushing and flossing and keep those 6-month exams and cleanings.
• Want to avoid pain and costly tooth repairs? When teeth are not properly aligned, the result can be frequent headaches and migraines, sore jaw joints, facial pain, chipped or worn teeth and night-time clenching or grinding. SOLUTION: In some cases, minor tooth reshaping is all that’s needed. In others, crowns or orthodontic treatment can bring your bite back into proper position.
• Want to lose weight? Digestion begins in the mouth and helps the body break down food so it is processed efficiently. When you chew hurriedly, you feel less sated and complicate the body’s ability to break food down to your advantage. SOLUTION: Take a bite of food and put your fork or spoon down while you chew thoroughly. Resolve to never put food in your mouth before swallowing well-chewed food already in your mouth.
• Want to improve your appearance and boost confidence and self-esteem? Today’s cosmetic dentistry provides a natural look for smile enhancement. Those who have an attractive smile not only have a more attractive facial appearance, they tend to smile more. Having a great smile can make you feel more confident, projecting a positive personality. SOLUTION: Ask for a no-cost consultation to discuss your options for improving your smile. If interested, we can review payment options so you can enjoy a terrific smile while making easy monthly payments.
• Want to sleep better? Sleep loss is a terrible drain on your energy level. It is also harmful to your overall health. Lack of sleep has been linked to being more accident prone, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and impotency. SOLUTION: Ask about custom-made oral appliances that are FDA-approved and comfortable to wear at night. These are appropriate for those who are heavy snorers or who have mild to moderate Sleep Apnea.
Before you head to the treadmill, think about the many ways you can improve your health by focusing first on your mouth. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a free consultation. Your decisions and commitment can be a tremendous asset to your health! Happy 2015!Read More
Smokers already know they are taking health risks. However, many are unaware of the negative oral health issues when it comes to tobacco use.
For example, research shows that smokers lose more teeth than nonsmokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 20% of people over age 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while over 41% of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless.
It’s no surprise to dentists that following gum treatment or any type of oral surgery (including implant placement) patients who smoke have longer healing times with less predictable treatment outcomes. Other oral problems include a heightened risk for oral cancer, bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste, gum recession, mouth sores, tooth loss and deep wrinkling around the mouth.
As a smoker, you also have a far greater increase for periodontal disease. Smokers have an increased susceptibility to calculus, which is the plaque that hardens on teeth and can only be removed through a professional cleaning.
When calculus is not removed, the bacteria it harbors can destroy gum tissue and cause gums to pull away from teeth. As a result, teeth look longer and are more vulnerable to bacteria. As bacteria growth develops into periodontal disease, sore pockets form between teeth and fill with bacteria, destroying tissues and supporting bone. Eventually, the teeth become loose and require removal.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and harms nearly every organ of the body. Nearly 50% of those who don’t quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems.
Quitting is not easy but the benefits are almost immediate. Your circulation improves, your blood pressure starts to return to normal and breathing becomes easier. You’ll also have a healthier mouth and avoid many oral problems.
A new year is an ideal time to kick the habit. The American Cancer Society’s web site, www.cancer.org, is an excellent resource for smokers who are trying to quit. If you are a smoker and past due for your 6-month dental exam and cleaning, call us toll free 1-877-966-9009. We are always happy to welcome new patients and are a ‘lecture-free’ zone! If you do not have dental insurance, be sure to ask about payment discounts.Read More
Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth available. They restore dependable biting strength and chewing stability. They enable you to laugh, kiss and even sneeze without worry. And, there is nothing to soak in a glass at night!
When a patient completes dental implant treatment, I often hear, “I feel like I have my natural teeth again.” What I don’t hear are regrets over the cost. The vast majority enthusiastically say, “This is the best investment I ever made.”
Dentures that slip or click, keep you from eating a healthy diet, and create fear of embarrassment is a frustrating way to go through life. When people eat healthy foods and feel socially confident, they tend to live more vibrant, happier lives.
If you’ve thought about dental implants, let’s talk about your options and discuss payment plans. For a free consultation, call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to learn the types that are best suited for your needs and to have your questions answered thoroughly.Read More
A few decades ago, dental insurance was rarely part of health care coverages. This may have been because many adults did not deem dental care support as a necessary part of their overall health and well being. With the vast amount of research and studies on how dental wellness contributes to overall health, our population is more educated on its benefits.
Today, many businesses include dental care coverage in their insurance packages. The positive effect of this is it has expanded access to more individuals for regular exams, cleanings and occasional repairs (fillings, crowns, etc.).
What has gone wrong with how some perceive dental insurance is their unquestioned acceptance of its limitations. For example, let’s say your dentist recommends crowning a fractured tooth before it can break below the gum line (which will require its removal). If coverage limitations have not been met for the year, some will postpone the procedure. I can’t tell you how many dental implants, crown-&-bridge or partials I’ve placed because a patient said their dental insurance wouldn’t cover the crown until the next year and the tooth broke before those benefits kicked in.
Insurance companies are for-profit firms. It does not behoove them to spend more on your dental health to help you avoid problems in the future. As a matter of fact, most coverages are designed to merely ‘help’ with basic dental needs. Just because your coverages are exhausted for the year or coverage for a recommended procedure is denied doesn’t mean you should not proceed with proactive measures to protect your dental well-being.
Before you decline a recommended procedure, discuss your coverage with our financial coordinator. Ask about the risks of delaying the procedure or if it can be done in stages to be more in line with your particular coverage. Also, ask about payment options. We offer financial plans that are interest-free with no down payment required.
Let your dental health – that terrific smile that is so important to your overall well-being – be guided by decisions that are in YOUR best interests rather than the bottom line of an insurance company.
To discuss your coverage for any procedure, call us toll free 1-877-966-9009.Read More