Are you putting off going to the dentist or are you finally going to start to become invested in your health?   When I interview those who have avoided their treatment usually state that fear is the primary reason why they have avoided going to the dentist.  The fears that these people talk about evolved when they were a small child or teenager and had a horrible experience.  It amazes me every time how different dentistry is today in comparison to the way it was back 40-50 years ago.  In general, the dental profession is more in tune with the individual needs of the patient.

  • Anesthesia is newer and much more effective.  The “shot” is virtually pain free.
  • Fillings are white and strengthen the teeth.  They are natural looking and are much smaller and conservative.
  • Oral sedation is available so those who have extreme fear can be treated in a relaxed fashion with little memory of the procedure.
  • Using lasers to detect cavities well before they are observed by traditional methods.
  • Digital x-rays instantly show up on a computer using 10% of the radiation.
  • Replacement of missing teeth with implants is pain free and can be done without affecting other teeth for support.
  • Periodontal Disease treatments can reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes, low weight babies and other systemic problems.
  • Minimal invasive dentistry embraces the concept that “less is better”, thereby leaving more of the natural tooth for support while improving the appearance and health of our patients.

The next few years will promise more changes even yet and I will be glad to write about them to inform you.

New Years Resolutions also include becoming healthier.  As previously mentioned, gum (periodontal) disease is a contribution factor for systemic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung infections, oral cancer, osteoporosis, pre-term and low weight babies and other chronic diseases.  A periodontal treatment program with the use of anti-oxidants has been shown to reduce the effects of these systemic diseases.  I will be going into more detail in regards to the use of anti-oxidants for total body health including the mouth in future articles.
If your New Years Resolution includes taking care of the loose denture you are struggling with, then consider the following:

Implants have been shown to provide significant eating improvements for those handicapped with complete dentures.  It is now possible to firm up the denture in as little as 1-2 visits.  The use of  the mini-implant has been unbelievable in its ability to provide a snap-fit in as little as 1 visit.