As a Periodontist my first responsibility it to educate patients about periodontal disease and how your oral health is essential to your general health and well being. In doing so my goal is to help maintain health, function and esthetics of their teeth and gums and ultimately help improve their quality of life.
There are times however when people do loose teeth due to periodontal disease (infection of the gums and bone surrounding teeth), tooth decay, or due to injury. Others may not have had all their teeth grow in.
It’s no fun when you’re missing teeth. You may not feel comfortable eating or speaking. You might even avoid smiling in public for fear a space left by missing teeth may show. This is an example of how your oral health can have an effect on your general well being and quality of life.
Often a patient with missing teeth has issues with confidence, they may feel their appearance is affected. They may be uncomfortable with difficulty in chewing which ultimately affects their health as nutrition can be compromised.
Whatever the reason, dental implants can help replace missing teeth. And implants often feel more natural than dentures and other dental restorations.
Dental implants caused a revolutionary change in dentistry. A dental implant is a man-made replacement for the tooth roots that have been lost. They behave exactly like real roots of teeth- even bonding naturally with the jawbone. They hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place, or to provide support for a denture. They look and feel just like your own teeth. Millions of people all over the world now enjoy the benefits of implants.
The implant process is a collaborative effort where I along with you work together with a restorative dentist and in consult with a physician if necessary in order that all of your needs are met for long term results.
I have seen this simple procedure transform many patient’s lives regardless of age. It always gives me such pleasure to see the gradual transformation which takes place with each patient. They renew their confidence, comfort, appearance and most important their health.
Wellness within dentistry exists and can help make a contribution towards optimizing a patient’s quality of life.