You only get one set of teeth. (Well, maybe two!) It’s important to keep them healthy. But regardless how often your parents took you to the dentist and whether or not you had braces, if you didn’t take care of your teeth in your teens and twenties, you may have set yourself up for
some problems later on: cavities, root canals, extracted teeth. Eventually, those dental health issues may add up to dentures to replace what you’ve lost. At Raleigh Dental Arts, we recognize that dentures are a practical and important treatment for many people, but it’s not the endgame we want for our patients. Here’s how you can work to avoid dentures.
Get Regular Dental Care
You know the drill: Brush twice, floss at least once, rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash every day. But are you doing that? If not, there’s no better time to start than right now. (No really. Get up and go brush and floss now. We’ll wait.) Now, call Dr. Agarwal and make an appointment for a cleaning. Don’t let fear stop you; sedation dentistry can help you overcome that. If you don’t have insurance, Raleigh Dental Arts offers a variety of payment and financing options. Maintaining your dental health is such an important part of your overall well-being that you can’t afford to neglect it.
What to Do About Bad Teeth
If your six-month checkup reveals teeth that need to be fixed, don’t wait. A small cavity can turn into a big abscess if not filled. A broken or abscessed tooth that’s not corrected leads to excruciating pain, infection, the formation of cysts, surgery, and possible complications that could be life-threatening. That’s just from a health standpoint. Financially, it’s the difference between a small co-pay and the bill for a larger percentage of the treatment. Not only will your pocketbook feel better about getting that cavity filled or root canal completed, you may physically feel relief just having the treatment done.
Occasionally, there’s a good reason to extract a tooth. Wisdom teeth, for instance, are extracted regularly to prevent crowding, impaction and decay. But often, abscessed teeth get removed for a financial reason: it’s less expensive to remove the tooth than to have a root canal and get a crown. If this is the case, or if there is another legitimate reason to have your teeth removed, you should make sure there is a plan in place to replace your tooth shortly thereafter. Sometimes tooth replacement is accomplished with a bridge; but this treatment doesn’t do
anything to prevent bone loss in the jaw. A dental implant secures your alignment and prevents a loss of bone density in your mouth. It’s never too late to start taking care of your dental health, even if you have already experienced a tooth extraction or gum disease. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Agarwal and start working toward a better future for your teeth.