The Hidden Risks of Postponing Dental Care

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Hospital emergency rooms around the country are reporting higher numbers of patients coming in with dental emergencies.  Most of these adults and children have postponed dental care to save money, but now have very large emergency room bills.

This is just one example of why it is important to stay up to date with your dental care. Postponing regular check ups, professional cleanings, or recommended dental treatment  can result in:

  • Inconvenient and expensive emergency care
  • More severe damage to your teeth, resulting in higher cost and more time in the dental chair
  • Losing a tooth that could have been easily saved
  • More pain
  • Having to take time off work or miss special events
  • An unattractive smile that can impact your confidence and self-esteem
  • Dangerous dental infections that can get into your blood stream
  • Being angry or upset with yourself for letting things go
  • Periodontal disease – the number one cause of tooth loss that is also linked to life threatening conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more

So, while postponing going to the dentist may seem like the easy way out, the cost is high in the end. Don’t make things harder on yourself by postponing dental care. If you have not been in to see a dentist within the last 6 months or have pending treatment that has been recommended, the time to call and schedule a dental appointment is NOW.

And, if you need a dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to help. We offer oral sedation dentistry for patients who don’t enjoy dental visits or want to get a lot of treatment completed in one visit. Our goal is to make your dental visits as easy as possible and we promise to take great care of you. 

Call (865) 922-1613   – Knoxville TN

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7 Consequences of Tooth Loss that Might Surprise You

There are times when teeth can’t be saved and it can feel easier and cheaper in the moment to not do additional dentistry to replace them. But, the investment in your smile is well worth it when you consider these consequences.

Looking Older – When your cheeks lose the support of the teeth behind them, they will sink in making you look more gaunt and deepening facial lines and wrinkles.

Damage to Your Remaining Teeth – The teeth that remain have to work harder to make up for the ones that were lost. When you bite down the opposing teeth may not line up properly, causing them to hit harder or off center and creating additional stress that puts them at risk.

Losing More Teeth – When a tooth is removed the other teeth in the area will drift into the open space looking for the tooth they used to lean against. To do this they often tip over or grow out of the jaw bone, putting them in danger of being lost as well.

TMJ, Joint and Jaw Problems – Losing a tooth throws off the delicate balance of how your teeth work together and can result in bite challenges that lead to painful joint problems.

Loss of Confidence – It is harder to feel confident when you feel people are staring at your incomplete smile. This drop in confidence can impact all areas of your life including career, romance, and even your self-esteem.

Difficulty in Chewing and Digesting Food – Chewing is the first stage in healthy digestion. The inability to process food fully can result in digestive issues and difficulty in absorbing nutrients from your food.

Your Health Can Be Compromised – As your remaining teeth shift into new spaces they are more at risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This condition is a bacterial infection in your mouth that can get into your blood stream easily. Scientific studies have linked it to major health conditions like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Saving your teeth or replacing ones that have had to be removed can not only improve the quality of your life, but help you live longer by preventing serious health problems.

We can help you get the healthy and happy smile you deserve. If you have postponed replacing teeth or other dental work because of dental anxiety, we also offer oral sedation dentistry to make it easier for you.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613  Knoxville

6 Risk Factors for Losing Teeth

 

A recent study of almost 1800 patients who had teeth removed revealed several common denominators that were identified as risk factors for losing teeth.  Do any of these apply to you?

  • Male, over 30 years old
  • Smoker
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Lack of dental care – 87% had not seen the dentist in the last 6 months

The good news is that you have some level of control over several of these.  If you stopped smoking, took care of your health, and visited your dentist regularly, your risk of losing teeth would greatly diminish.

If you value your teeth and want to take action to save them, we would love to help. If being afraid of dental treatment contributed to your avoiding the dentist, we offer oral sedation dentistry to make your dental visits seem easy.  Just give us a call at (865) 922-1613.