Five Things Your Dentist Really Wants You To Know

Five Things Your Dentist Really Wants You To Know

1. Don’t Wait ‘Til It Hurts. This old adage continues to ring true today. So many patients procrastinate a checkup or treatment simply because of the false notion that “nothing hurts.” Gum disease is a silent, painless, progressive killer of teeth that is also a source of chronic low-grade inflammation to the whole body. Tooth decay is also painless until it becomes deep, which puts you at risk of needing more extensive dentistry such as root canal treatment.

 2. Plan your work and work your plan. Always get a prioritized treatment plan for the problems that may exist in your mouth. Even if you cannot do all the treatment at the same time, you can get your treatment done in order of importance or necessity to minimize incurring unnecessary costs from disconnected “patchwork” dentistry.

 3. Good dentistry may be expensive, but not as much as bad dentistry. Many patients try to “shop” for the cheapest dentist they can find. Often, unknowingly these patients can find themselves in inexperienced hands or with a dentist who uses inferior materials or laboratory services, resulting in ill-fitting dental appliances or dentistry that fails or breaks down quickly.

 4. Change the oil. The same way that you need to maintain that new car that you drive off the lot, many patients finish large treatment plans and do not understand the need for follow up care or maintenance. Besides the obvious benefits of prevention, the periodic maintenance is a key component of your ability to function with any restorative treatment you may receive, and the ability of this dentistry to last – including fillings, to veneers, crowns, implants and dentures. 

 5. The head bone’s connected to the neck bone. In other words, your mouth is very much a reflection of what can be going on in the rest of your body, and the oral/systemic link is a major topic of interest in medical research. In fact, oral disease puts you at greater risk of diseases of your heart, brain, liver, and pancreas to name a few. Conversely, good oral health is linked to living a longer and healthier life. Keep those regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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Dental Implants FAQ

How can dental implants lead to better physical health?

Many people don’t understand that there are actually many benefits to getting dental implants. These benefits are both mental and physical. When you lose one or more teeth, you also lose mass in your jaw. This can result in thin lips, drooping muscles, jowls or witch’s chin. The person can have sunken in cheeks as well as visible tooth loss when they smile. Immediately after tooth loss, many people experience tooth pain. However, even if pain isn’t a problem, there are many long term effects. Eventually, the remaining teeth in the jaw shift in an attempt to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. This can lead to increased tongue size, loosening of remaining teeth, or loss of sensation. Luckily, with the use of dental implants Atlanta residents can prevent these problems!

How exactly do dental implants prevent bone loss?

There is a reason why astronauts lose bone mass while they are in space. Our bones, including our jaw bones need stimulation to maintain its form and density. The bone in your jaw is constantly reinforced by the force applied by your teeth when you chew or use your teeth in other ways. Without your teeth, you will experience bone loss of the jaw. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone in place of the missing teeth. This prevents the bone loss! What the implants are really doing is tricking the bone into thinking there is still a tooth.

What is a dental implant made of, and how strong is it?

A dental implant is a thin metal rod, often made from titanium, which acts as an artificial tooth root and forms an attachment for a replacement tooth. Implants are strong, long lasting and indistinguishable from natural teeth. You can pretty much chew anything with Johns Creek dental implants that you could with your natural teeth. On the other hand,, they also require the same amount of care and attention as natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular check ups with your Suwanee dentist are all important parts of dental implant maintenance.