No matter what your age, your oral health is important. Even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can help prevent most dental diseases, every year over 100 million Americans don’t see a dentist. It is important to schedule regular dental appointments because they can help find oral health problems early on. By finding out the problems early, treatment can be simpler and more affordable.
According to American Dental Association here are some signs you should see your Dentist:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
- You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You are pregnant
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
- You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
- Your mouth is often dry
- You smoke or use other tobacco products
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
- Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
- You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.
Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from developing. Don’t put off your dental visit. Call Brogdon Dental today at 423-870-5698 to set up your appointment.
At Brogdon Dental we are offering a Membership Plan to help dental care be more affordable for your and your family. Our plan offers the following:
- Free simple cleaning (2 per year)
- Free annual exam
- Free set of x-rays
- A “Brogdon Buck” worth $50
- A 20% discount on all dental procedures
- A 15% discount on all orthodontic procedures
Call us today at 423-870-5698 to find out how you can sign up for our new Plan.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you’ll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don’t work for you, you may consider dental implants.
According to MouthHealthy.org, there are generally three phases to getting an implant:
- First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
- Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
- Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
After the implant device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant!
If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with Dr. Brogdon first. If you are in generally good health this treatment may be an option for you.