Sagging face from tooth loss
Many dental patients are aware of some of the health issues that can arise from the loss of teeth including impaired speech, loss of ability to chew, and a decrease in nutrition. But an important factor that Comfortable Care Dentistry wants to bring attention to regarding tooth loss is the deterioration of bone where the teeth once lied. Although the appearance of a lost tooth can have significant psychological and social consequences it is the bone that supports the teeth that can have serious functional, health, and aesthetic affects that needs to be addressed quickly.
When a tooth is lost the lack of stimulation in the alveolar bone causes it to diminish, resulting in more future health and social issues. Within the first year of tooth loss the bone can decrease 25% in width and up to four millimeters in height in the next few years. This can result in the loss of more teeth, the impairment of the ability to chew and speak, the loss of function, and results in a more aged look as the aesthetics of the face can change as well.
Teeth are usually lost due to old age, trauma, or poor dental care that causes them to decay. The longer a patient waits to take measures to replace the tooth, the more of a chance they have at suffering the consequences associated with bone loss. There are several options to replace missing teeth including dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. The most common method of replacing teeth was the fixed partial denture, or fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is attached to the two surrounding healthy teeth and a prosthesis is placed in the middle to replace the missing tooth. Current research has shown that although the fixed bridge may help to replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay, root canal problems, and gum disease.
The dental implant is now the most highly recommended tooth replacement procedure as it is serves to replace missing teeth and avoids debilitating bone loss. The dental implant replaces the tooth’s root by a process called osseointegration where the implant fuses with the jawbone and creates a restoration that is natural looking and feeling.
If you have recently lost a tooth or would like to schedule a consultation with Milford’s Dental Implant Dentist, contact us today.
Happy Veteran's Day Troops!
Dr. K and the dental team at Comfortable Care Dentistry are working with the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) to help provide dental services to our troops. The charity titled “A Soldiers Smile” was kicked off this past weekend just in time for Veteran’s Day this Friday the 11th. The A Soldiers Smile events are slated to take place across the country in participating VA hospitals and at local dentist’s offices such as our Milford dentistry office. Dr. K and other select dentists have volunteered their time, experience and goodwill so that our less than fortunate troops can get the dental care they deserve.
The charity is also backed by Montel Williams, the award winning talk show host who himself is a decorated military veteran. Montel has already begun to generate exposure for this event and has done some traveling as well as made appearances on national TV shows explaining the A Soldiers Smile events and charity. Dr. K will be providing cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to select US troops and will help them to regain their oral health as well as self-confidence. We all know that a poor smile can affect our self-esteem and US soldiers who have served our countries deserve to have access to dental care that improves their lives.
Although this may come as a shock to many, a lot of or vets have difficulty getting proper dental care for their oral health problems. There are laws in place that have restrictions on providing health care for veterans based on their condition in or out of service and their income level. These laws can limit the health care that our vets should be granted and Dr. K and other dentists are helping to take action today.
Veteran’s Day is this Friday the 11th. Remember to thank a vet for their service to our country.
By now you have met someone with dental implants or have heard about how great they are. If you are like most people you probably still don’t understand the science behind the way that they work. If you or a loved one is considering dental implants it is important to know about the procedure and the process.
Dental implants are a restorative dentistry procedure that serves to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they are permanently implanted into your jaw bone and form a connection with your jaw. This process, called osseointegration, is when the bone fuses with the implant forming a permanent bond in your mouth and allows your implant to look and feel completely natural. The first step in the procedure is to surgically place an implant in your jaw, then allow for the healing process to take place. The implant must anchor and the jaw bone around it must heal before the post that attaches to the implant and crown are made and placed in your mouth. The restorative new tooth will be matched for size, shape, color and fit that blends with your other teeth. When the crown is completed it is attached to the implant post.
Your recovery time will depend on the complexity of your procedure and the amount of dental implants that you received. You can expect some mild soreness, bleeding and swelling which can be treated with first aid and over the counter medicines. Most patients can function normally within a day or two.
The success of dental implants is very high and Dr. K is one of the most experienced implant dentists in the country. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants come in for a consultation or contact us today. Contact Comfortable Care Dentistry at 1-800-917-5269.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
At Comfortable Care Dentistry we proudly offer Zoom Whitening as many of our patients ask for it by name. Zoom is an in-office teeth whitening process that is proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in about an hour. Patients love Zoom because the instant results and the ease of the treatment. During a Zoom Whitening you can relax, watch TV or listen to music.
Zoom is the most popular in-office teeth whitening option because of its ability to brighten teeth and remove stains and discoloration. The procedure begins with a brief preparation to cover the areas of your mouth and face so that only your teeth are exposed. Next Dr. K applies the Zoom whitening gel to the teeth. The gel was specifically designed to be used with the Zoom light. The gel and light work together to gently remove stains and discoloration. While the processes are at work you are free to relax. We will apply the gel in three-15 minute intervals for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. You are only in the dental chair for about an hour and go home with a noticeably brighter, whiter smile that you can show off to the world.
Besides being fast and convenient, Zoom is long lasting. Your teeth will maintain their luster for months to come and we even offer take home kits so you can brighten up your smile. Don’t let the effects of aging and every day wear and tear dull your smile. Brighten up your teeth with Zoom whitening today! For more information on Zoom or other whitening options contact us today. Call Comfortable Care Dentistry at 1-800-917-5269.