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The Dangers of Missing Teeth

dental implants ChicagoYou are suppose to have missing teeth when you’re a child, but your adult teeth are meant to stay in your mouth. If you do lose your teeth, you might want to look into dental implants. Continue reading to learn about a few of the dangers that come with missing teeth:

Risk of Heart Disease

Many people are under the impression that tooth loss isn’t a big deal, and that it merely leaves gaps in the smile. This could not be further from the truth, as evidenced by the link between tooth loss and heart disease. Widespread tooth loss can cause inflammation as well as harden the arteries, both of which contribute to serious heart problems. Heart disease isn’t the only health condition associated with tooth loss, as missing teeth and diabetes also share a connection.

Bone Resorption

When you lose a tooth, you lose more than just the part of what you see. Every tooth has a root, and the root stimulates the jawbone to which it’s fused. When you remove the root, you remove this stimulation. Without a treatment such as dental implants, this can lead to bone resorption. This occurs when the bone mass gradually disappears, and it can ultimately change the shape of your face. Dental implants seek to replace both the visible tooth/crown and the root of the tooth, once again stimulating the bone and preventing resorption.

Lower Self-Esteem

Whether or not you lose a tooth long enough for bone resorption to occur, you will still have a gap in your smile. Multiple missing teeth mean multiple gaps, which can be harmful for you as well as your self-esteem. Your smile may be the first thing another person notices when looking at you. Some people shy away from smiling because they are unhappy with their teeth. If this sounds like you, talk to your dentist about treatment.

Just because you’ve lost some teeth doesn’t mean you can’t replace them. At University Associates in Dentistry, we are leaders in dental implants in Chicago. If you’d like to learn about our teeth implants, visit our website or give us a call at (312) 704-5511.

How Important Are Dentist Checkups?

You’ve been told your whole life that you should see your dentist regularly, but do you know why? Watch this video to find out how important dentist checkups really are.

Dentist checkups aren’t just for addressing existing problems—they’re also for preventing issues from occurring. Not all oral health issues come with symptoms, but your dentist knows what to look for. The good news is that today’s dental checkups shouldn’t hurt or cause any discomfort. It’s better to undergo smaller procedures before a problem is allowed to develop, as more serious problems will require more expensive, invasive treatments. Seeing your dentist regularly can help keep your smile happy and healthy.

You can find out why visiting the dentist in Chicago is so important by calling University Associates in Dentistry at (312) 704-5511 or visiting our website. Our team of cosmetic dentistry professionals can offer treatments like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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It’s important to replace your teeth when you lose them, or you could experience a number of alarming side effects, including changes to the shape of your face and difficulty eating or speaking. Dental implants have become the most popular method of replacing missing teeth and improve your smile. The advantages of using dental implants include:

Restoring the appearance of your smile. Having even one missing tooth can be embarrassing, and it can lead to self-consciousness and social anxiety. A dental implant provides you with a natural-looking replacement for your old tooth, and one that can even be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Instead of worrying about the appearance of your teeth, you can smile with confidence again.

Improving your oral health. Having missing teeth can cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift, which can lead to jaw pain. Over time, missing teeth can result in loss of bone and gum tissue, which can harm your ability to chew and speak normally. The more bone you lose, the harder it will be to replace your teeth. If you have any missing teeth, it’s essential to have them replaced it as soon as possible.

Providing a long-term solution. While there are several ways to replace teeth, dental implants provide the most permanent and realistic-looking replacement. Implants will not come loose in your mouth, and they are all but impossible for most people to distinguish from your natural teeth. If you take proper care of your teeth and gums, a dental implant should serve you well for the rest of your life.

If you have any missing teeth, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist to talk about your best options for replacing them. University Associates in Dentistry provides dental implants and other important dental services to patients in the Chicago area. If you’d like to find out more about the treatments we offer, call us today at (312) 704-5511.

Making Your Dental Veneers Last

If you have any cosmetic issues that are causing you embarrassment, porcelain veneers can be the ideal solution. It’s important, however, to make sure that you take proper care of your veneers to ensure that they stand you in good stead for many years.

As durable as your porcelain veneers will be, there are still some simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of damaging them. If you engage in sports or any other high-energy outdoor activity, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you find yourself grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist about finding a viable treatment. Remember that veneers won’t protect your teeth from bacteria or plaque, so it’s important to keep up your daily brushing and flossing routine.

If you’d like to learn more about dental veneers, it’s time to contact the team at University Associates in Dentistry. We offer a wide range of essential services to help you protect your oral health. You can find out more about us by calling (312) 704-5511.

What to Expect from the All-on-4 Procedure

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The older you get, the more likely you are to confront the problem of missing teeth. Many people, however, assume that the process of replacing multiple missing teeth will be prohibitively difficult or painful. In fact, you can replace all of your upper or lower teeth using only four dental implants. Here is what you need to know about the All-on-4 procedure.

What is the All-on-4 procedure? First used in 1993, the trademarked All-on-4 procedure enables your dentist to replace an entire arch of teeth with four implants. The implants are made of strong, durable material that is designed to last patients for a lifetime. It is a simple and straightforward procedure that provides you with new, functional teeth immediately.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for the All-on-4 procedure? The All-on-4 procedure is often recommended for patients who have extensive tooth decay, or who need a viable solution for past dental treatments such as bridges that have failed. When you contact University Associates in Dentistry, we’ll use a CT scan and photos to give you a detailed idea of how the surgical procedure will go. If you are satisfied, we will schedule your procedure.

What happens during the All-on-4 procedure? When you come in for your appointment, your dentist will place your new implants and provide you with a set of temporary teeth. You’re temporary will look and function like your real teeth, as well as allow the dentist to monitor you while you are healing and the implants are taking hold. In a few months’ time, once your implants have healed, our team will replace your temporary teeth with a set of permanent teeth. These teeth will look and function just like your natural teeth.

If you’re looking for a permanent solution to your dental issues, it’s time to meet with the experienced dentists at University Associates in Dentistry. We are proud to provide the Chicago area with exceptional dental care, from dental implants to sleep apnea treatment. To schedule a consultation today, call us at (312) 704-5511.

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