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dental implantsWhether you're missing one tooth, or several teeth, it can have impacts on your health that are much deeper than appearance. 

In this article by SMILE, it's explained how chewing, speech and muscles are affected when teeth are missing. Research shows that people with missing teeth have a higher likelihood of:

  • Systemic Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Premature Aging
  • Facial Collapse

Not only that, according to the article, in the absence of teeth, the other surrounding healthy teeth can move into a wrong postion, affecting your bite even further and causing pain in your head or ear. These things happen slowly--you won't instantly have these problems when you lose a tooth--but it's important to take care of the missing tooth or teeth before any additional issues occur. 

The SMILE article reads:

People with missing teeth do not even realize that they are not adequately chewing or digesting food.

When chewing food, enzymes from saliva mix with food to begin the digestion process. Missing teeth translates to missed opportunities for thorough enzyme activity and therefore, it challenges the gastrointestinal system. In this situation, people actually eat enough but do not get the proper nutrition, which lowers their metabolic rate! Elderly people also have a lower metabolic rate. Broken or missing teeth allow them to only eat “easy” food, like coffee cake, which forms a bad habit over time. Some are actually malnourished and less able to fight off disease. 

Dental implants are a great, permanent solution for your missing tooth or teeth. With a documented success rate of 95%, we peform many dental implant procedures for our patients. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth.

This article by Colgate also talks about the advantages and success rates of dental implants: 

Because a dental implant feels and looks like a normal tooth, it can do wonders for a patient's self-esteem. Many people who were shy about smiling due to a space from a lost tooth feel perfectly comfortable after a dental implant. Beyond the aesthetics, a dental implant also makes it easier to eat and speak, since a titanium post secured directly in the jaw holds the implant in place. Thus, an implant doesn't come loose like a denture. Dental implants also benefit general oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

Insurance companies often cover part of the cost, and we offer the implants at competitive prices. If you're interested in finding out more, you can click here to read more on our website, or you can call our office at (708)788-8200. We'd be happy to talk to you. 

Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 25% of adults 60 years old and older have no natural teeth--and missing teeth can impact nutrition?

A recent article in Forbes discussed the connection between oral health and overall health in your body. However, many seniors are not seeing a dentist regularly because of cost. 

The Forbes article reads, "According to absolutedental.com, oral health is about much more than just the health of the mouth, teeth and gums. 'Because the mouth is a primary entryway into the body, poor oral health can have negative consequences for the entire body,' an article on the site says."

They also reference Dr. Robert Brody, the chief clinical officer for Great Expressions Dental Centers, one of the biggest networks of dental care providers in the country, who said "poor dental care in seniors not only affects their mouth and surrounding tissues, but can also increase the risk for systemic disease like diabetes and heart disease."

Because cost is such a big factor for why seniors aren't getting the oral care they need, Forbes gives several suggestions, including finding a local dental school to get dental care, or joining a dental savings plan. Also, if a person is a veteran, they should look into what benefits are available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

For many, many more suggestions of more affordable and manageable ways to access oral health care, click here to read the full article. 

 

Don't take our word for it, dental implants are a great solution to replace a tooth or even many missing tooth. 

This blog post from the Huffington Post gives five reasons that dental implants are a good solution. 

Click here to read it. 

Sneak preview: while they go into detail about each reason in the article, here are the five facts presented:

1. Dental implants have high success rates

2. Implants both feel and look natural

3. Implants will make it easier to eat

4. Implants act as a replacement for the roots of the tooth you are missing

5. Implants can help protect your other healthy teeth

dental implant in jaw

Most of us know that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, for at least two minutes each time. We probably know we should floss our teeth daily, and we probably know that using mouth wash is wise too. 

Those are some of the things we should do to protect our teeth. But these WebMD slides show us some things that are not good for our teeth and oral health--like chewing on ice, drinknig soda, eating potato chips, and getting tongue piercings. 

To view all 19 bad ideas, click here

If you're having a problem with a tooth--if it's causing pain, or cracked, broken, or altogether missing--give us a call. We'd be happy to help. If you need a missing tooth replaced, we can provide you with a dental implant.

Dental implants are the best, most permanent solution available for a missing tooth or teeth. For more information about implants you can contact us or read more here

Don't let a missing tooth make you feel embarrassed or hide your smile! 

woman biting on ice

 

Did you know April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? 

Sadly, oral cancer has a high mortality rate because it is often detected late. Not because it is difficult to diagnose. 

It's estimated that 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with oral cancer, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 

Oral cancer is also twice as more commonly seen in men than in women. 

Here are instructions for how you can perform an oral self exam every month. However, please consult your oral surgeon or dentist to help ensure early detection. 

This infogrpahic was created by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Find out more info here.

oral cancer graphic





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