There are a lot of demands on your time – that’s just the way the world works nowadays! Between work, family, and your social life it can be hard to squeeze in things like a visit to the dentist. At our Carmel office we completely understand, but we still want you to know how important dental care is!
When it comes to regular maintenance, whether it’s on your body, house, car, or anything else, lots of us take a reactive approach. Rather than spend time maintaining things we react once something has already gone wrong. The worst part? We know it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong and a proactive approach can prevent problems from getting worse!
It’s no different when it comes to your dental care. Your mouth is a complicated part of your body and taking care of it requires more than what you can do on your own. So if you’ve ever asked if regular dental appointments are important the answer is definitely YES!
Why Are Regular Appointments Important?
Understanding the importance of regular dentist appointments goes hand-in-hand with understand the main cause of oral health issues: plaque. You probably know what plaque is even if you haven’t heard the word. Plaque is the sticky, filmy substance that builds up on your teeth throughout the day. It also shows up on your teeth and gums as a white substance, and it’s bad news for your oral health!
Plaque is full of bacteria of a variety of types. Depending on the location and density of the plaque in your mouth the types of bacteria can be different, some even thriving in oxygen-free environments! The bacteria that lives in plaque all have one thing in common, though: they absolutely love sugar.
When bacteria digest the sugar in your mouth they produce an acid that eats away at your enamel, eventually causing cavities. Bacteria can also get below the gumline and spread infection there too – left unchecked plaque can destroy your smile!
Now think about your mouth – there are probably a lot of spots that you have a hard time brushing. Even daily flossing might not clean every crevice, and that’s plaque’s chance to grow unchecked! That’s why regular appointments are so important – they help protect your teeth, find deposits of plaque that you have a hard time getting to, and protect your teeth with fluoride treatments!
Getting A Cleaning
While daily brushing and flossing do a great job of keeping your teeth clean there’s no substitute for the tools and training of the staff at Really Smile Dentistry! We work hard to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free!
It’s generally recommended that you get your teeth examined and cleaned every six months. That is the optimal window for us to keep track of your oral health so that we can notice any small differences. Imagine if we caught that old cavity quickly – you might not have that filling or crown!
It’s also normal that your teeth will undergo some enamel loss between appointments – it’s almost unavoidable! Because your mouth is almost constantly dealing with the assault of plaque acids you’re bound to lose enamel, but that’s easy to repair with fluoride! Toothpaste and products for home are great ways to get a fluoride boost between appointments but the fluoride we use at our Carmel office is far stronger! Simply by getting a fluoride treatment at your next cleaning you’ll be saving yourself time, money, and potential pain later in life!
What If I Don’t Get A Cleaning?
Without regular care you’re taking your oral health into your own hands – same with a car that you never get an oil change for! Regular maintenance is an important part of any system, and your mouth is no different.
Long term effects of plaque buildup include:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- tooth loss
- bite collapse
- the need for dentures
- painful, expensive restorative procedures
With that list of outcomes it’s up to you to decide whether you’d rather take control of your oral health with an exam and cleaning or if you’d rather take your chances. Our vote is to keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful: choose to be proactive!
Schedule a cleaning and exam at our Carmel dentist office today! Call us at 317-597-8748 or request an appointment using our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Is your smile not what it used to be?
Are your teeth severely damaged (due to decay, injury, or excess wear from teeth grinding)?
Is a poorly aligned bite (malocclusion) causing you problems such as headaches or other pain in your jaw or mouth?
Whether your situation is a result of years of neglect or just plain bad luck, we can help with a Full Mouth Rejuvenation. Really Smile has helped many people in the Carmel, IN area restore their smile and dramatically improve their oral health. You only have one set of teeth; take care of them! If you wait too long, you might lose your opportunity to do something about it!
What is a Full Mouth Rejuvenation?
A Full Mouth Rejuvenation is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a total, planned overhaul of your teeth, gums, and bite, with the goal of restoring the health and appearance of your smile. Full Mouth Rejuvenation isn’t a single procedure; it’s made up of many different procedures, and which ones you get will depend on your specific needs.
As you might expect, a Full Mouth Rejuvenation takes place over several appointments, and requires a considerable investment of your time. Some Full Mouth Restorations aren’t complete for a year, or perhaps more. Getting a Full Mouth Rejuvenation is a major commitment!
How is a Full Mouth Rejuvenation Different from a Smile Makeover?
It’s important to recognize the difference between a Full Mouth Rejuvenation and a Smile Makeover. They may appear to be similar, but a Smile Makeover is elective. In other words, you don’t need a Smile Makeover, and most of the procedures you’ll undergo are entirely cosmetic. A Full Mouth Rejuvenation is something that you do need, usually because your oral health has declined so much that drastic measures are required to save your teeth (at least the ones that can be saved!). A Full Mouth Rejuvenation might involve some cosmetic procedures, but the main objective is getting your teeth, gums, and bite to a point where they are functional and to eliminate pain that’s caused by problems in your oral cavity.
What’s Usually Involved in a Full Mouth Restoration?
Each Full Mouth Restoration is unique to each person. To determine what procedures you require and to build your treatment plan, your dentist will give you a thorough examination. At Really Smile, we use some of the most advanced imaging technology available today to make sure your examination is as complete and comfortable as possible.
First, your dentist will examine your teeth to assess their level of damage. Your dentist will look for decay and cavities, and fractures and cracks in the surface of your teeth. Teeth that are longer (an indication of gum disease) or shorter (a “gummy smile”) are also of concern, as are of course any sign of infection that might need attention.
Procedures that you might require will include crowns, bridges, dental implants, and veneers.
Second, your dentist will check your gums for any sign of periodontal disease, usually either gingivitis or periodontitis. Early stage periodontal disease (gingivitis) can be reversed with cleaning and good oral hygiene, but more advanced cases (periodontitis) are much more serious and may require more aggressive treatment to control. Periodontitis is the destruction of the gums and bones that hold your teeth in place, and your dentist will check things like bone density to make an assessment of any problems with your gums. In very severe cases, tissue or bone grafts might be needed to restore the “foundation” of your teeth.
Third, your dentist will examine your bite (occlusion). A bite that is misaligned (malocclusion) can be the source of pain in the jaw and face, as well as headaches. Poorly aligned teeth also make chewing more difficult, and just like a broken part on your car can cause damage to other parts, malocclusion can do excess damage to your teeth. Your Really Smile dentist has specialized training in neuromuscular dentistry and possesses specialized understanding of problems relating to bite and how it is treated.
Finally, your dentist will make an assessment of how your teeth look and recommend cosmetic treatments to give your smile and appearance an improved look that will increase your confidence.
Once the examination is completed, your dentist will begin to work on a specialized treatment plan that is unique to you. Your dentist will want to include you in the planning process so that you fully understand what will take place, as well as to inform you of any risks that might be involved.
It doesn’t matter how your teeth ended up this way…
But what you do about it does. Remember, you’ve only got one set of teeth, and if you’re considering a Full Mouth Restoration, this might be your last good chance to repair them before they’re lost forever!
Call us now at 317-597-8748, or make an appointment online.
Time is of the essence! Your teeth are only going to get worse the longer you delay treatment. Get your best, healthiest smile with Really Smile!
Missing teeth are more than just embarrassing. They can ruin your smile, and missing teeth can even have a negative impact on the shape of your face. Your appearance is important to you, and a poor smile that’s characterized by missing teeth is a blow to your confidence that can be felt in all the aspects of your life.
Don’t live with the shame of missing teeth any longer! Dental implants can restore your smile, your confidence, and help you get more out of life. Really Smile has helped so many people in the Carmel, IN area get their smile back. Isn’t it your turn?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They have two components: an anchor, which holds it in place, and a crown. The crown is the visible part of the implant and looks just like your other teeth.
Dental implants don’t work like bridges, which require other teeth to hold an artificial tooth in place. Dental implants are installed directly into the bone of the jaw. The anchor, which holds the crown in place, is made of a material that will be able to merge with the bone around it; in most cases, that material is titanium. This process is called osseointegration. This basically means the bone will grow around the anchor to hold it in place. This allows dental implants to last for decades. The anchor, which is also referred to as the implant, resembles a screw.
Once the anchor and bone are sufficiently integrated, the crown will be placed. The entire process of installing a dental implant can last several months, but it’s worth it, because afterward your smile will be returned to its youthful vibrance.
Who Can Use Dental Implants?
Not everyone can use dental implants. Good candidates for dental implants are those patients who have gums and bone that are healthy. The first thing your dentist will do is examine your teeth and gums to make sure that they are healthy enough to undergo the treatment and to determine if the implant will be effective. People who smoke heavily, or those whose oral health is in bad condition are not candidates. That’s because they’re at risk for a specific kind of gum disease called peri-implantitis which can cause the implant to fail. Patients with osteoporosis can’t receive implants, nor can those who use steroids to treat a health problem. Teeth grinding (bruxism) is also problematic for people seeking an implant.
What Can I Expect?
If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, your dentist will create a specialized plan for your procedure, based on your health, the type of implant you’re receiving, and other factors.
At Really Smile, we use a CT Scan to determine where your implant should go. A CT scan takes multiple X-ray images of bone, blood vessels, and soft tissue. The images, which are taken at different angles, are combined to create a single “map” of the area that needs an implant. The major benefit is this drastically reduces the amount of surgery that needs to be done. Without the CT scan, it would be necessary to create an incision and peel back the gums like a banana. By avoiding this, patients can heal much faster, and this puts them at a much reduced risk for post-procedure problems.
Your dentist will make a pinhole, about the size of a BB, in your gums. Based upon the situation and the implant, additional work will be needed to expand the hole so that it can receive the implant, which is then screwed in.
Because we use CT Scan imaging technology to eliminate much of the surgery required to place an implant, patients usually have very little to no discomfort following the procedure!
Over time, healthy gum tissue will grow around the implant, and the process of osseointegration will begin. It can take several months for the implant and bone to “grow together”. Once this occurs, the implant is permanently fixed in your mouth. A correctly placed implant will last for decades, and it has virtually no chance of failure.
What are you waiting for?
If you have missing or severely damaged teeth, there’s no reason to delay having an implant placed. Since it takes so long for an implant to be completely installed, the faster you make your appointment, the faster you’ll have your smile back!
Getting a dental impact isn’t traumatic, but if you have severe anxiety about going to the dentist or undergoing a surgical procedure, we have sedation and relaxation treatments that will eliminate your nerves and fear.
If it turns out you’re not a candidate for an implant, Really Smile can still help you: we have lots of options to help you get your best smile, and what’s more, we’ll get your oral health back to normal as well.
Call us now at 317-597-8748, or make an appointment online by clicking here.
We look forward to serving you!