Nothing helps you appreciate something like losing it.
Teeth are a great example of this. Most people never expect to lose their teeth. When it does happen, it can be more emotional than they anticipated.
If you are at risk of losing teeth or are already missing some, you should know there are many ways to bring back more than just your smile. Your first step is scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors at Sierra Dental Care in Modesto, CA.
Facing the Facts of an Infection
According to the National Institutes of Health, 92 percent of Americans will develop cavities. It goes without saying that some people will be more proactive in fixing this problem early.
That also means some people either won’t notice the problem or will wait too long to do something about it. In either of those situations, you could develop a tooth infection.
This can be painful in a few ways. You may have a lingering toothache. You may have pain that spikes when you bite or chew. You also may notice your teeth have become more sensitive, particularly when eating or drinking things that are hot, cold, or sweet.
If you do have an infected tooth, the best solution is often a root canal treatment.
Many people have dental anxiety about this procedure because of something they heard or something they saw in a movie or a television show.
With modern techniques and sedation options, you can have a pain-free root canal procedure. This will remove the infection and restore the appearance and the function of your tooth.
Fixing What’s Been Lost
In cases of severe tooth decay, accidents, or injuries, it may not be possible to save a tooth. If a tooth needs to be removed or falls out on its own, then we can discuss teeth replacement options.
A good place to start is by building a stable and secure foundation. The best way to do that is with dental implants. When you get implants, you are replacing the roots of your missing teeth.
With an implant or implants in place, your dental restoration won’t just look like natural teeth. The also will function practically as well as real teeth, too. What does that mean exactly? It means you can eat the foods that you love, and you can trust that your replacement teeth will stay in place without the need for an adhesive.
Implants can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. In other words, you can use them to replace any number of lost teeth.
Look Forward to Feeling Like Yourself
When you lose a tooth or teeth, you may feel self-conscious about how you smile and speak. You also may be hesitant to eat certain foods.
With our restorative options at Sierra Dental Care, you can begin to feel like yourself again. You can speak naturally, eat the foods you love, and smile will confidence.