Are you wondering whether or not you really have to treat your tooth loss?
Worldwide, about 30 percent of older adults between the ages of 65-74 have no natural teeth (according to the World Health Organization). Of course, tooth loss isn’t just a problem that seniors face. Anyone can lose a tooth due to decay or gum disease. If you are someone who has lost one or more teeth, you may be wondering why you should replace your missing teeth. Our Bellevue, WA, dentists, Dr. Kianoosh Behshid and Dr. Amir Emam, are here to explain why.
While the idea of having to visit your Bellevue general dentist to discuss your tooth replacement options may not sound like the most fun experience, it’s one that anyone dealing with tooth loss must do if they value their oral health. This is because tooth loss of any magnitude, from losing one tooth to all of your teeth, will need to be treated as soon as possible before complications set in.
What kind of complications will occur if you don’t replace your missing tooth or teeth? Now that you have a gap in your smile this means that there is more room for teeth to move around. So if you don’t fill that gap, don’t be surprised to see teeth shifting into that open space. This can lead to a crooked or misaligned smile.
When you chose to get dental implants you’ll get a restoration that is as close to a real tooth as possible. An implant is even placed into the jawbone so that it can naturally grow together with the bone and tissue. Remember how we said that the jawbone requires stimulation from all tooth roots in order to prevent deterioration? By placing an implant where the tooth roots of your missing tooth used to be we can provide the jawbone with what it needs to stay healthy and strong. No other restoration has this ability.
Now that you know why replacing your missing permanent teeth is so important, the next step is to find out what treatment is right for you. Call Fine Dental Arts of Bellevue, WA, today to schedule your no-risk consultation.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever. Find out how dental implants could help.
Do you feel embarrassed to smile now that you have lost a tooth? Do you hate that people seem to notice that gap more than the rest of your smile? Has tooth loss made it harder to chew food or affected your speech? If so, then our Bellevue, WA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Kianoosh Behshid and Dr. Amir Emam, can turn it all around with dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of a tooth, which is an essential component for a healthy mouth. A dental implant is a restoration that is designed to function just like a tooth root, which is why our Bellevue dentists surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Over time, the bone and tissue will fuse together so the implant becomes a permanent restoration within the jawbone.
If you are only missing a single tooth then one dental implant is all you’ll need to replace the tooth. Of course, if you are dealing with significant or complete tooth loss, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get implants. In fact, we can place multiple implants throughout the jawbone. These implants can support and stabilize dentures. If you are a denture-wearer who is frustrated that your dentures move around, then you could be an ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Who is right for dental implants?
Despite the tooth loss, do you have good oral health? Are you in good general health, too? If so, then you could be an ideal candidate for getting dental implants in Bellevue. Factors that play into your candidacy include:
- Oral health (no decay or active gum disease should be present)
- General health (you shouldn’t be dealing with uncontrolled chronic health issues or undergoing chemotherapy/radiation therapy)
- Your immune system
- Lifestyle habits (e.g. smoking)
- Jawbone deterioration
- Your age (implants are not meant for children or teens whose mouths are still developing)
- Your dedication to maintaining your restoration
Don’t you owe it to yourself to get a restoration that will replace your missing teeth for life? We thought so! Turn to Fine Dental Arts in Bellevue, WA, today to schedule your consultation. Let’s find out if dental implants are right for you!
It’s actually easier to get your dream smile than you may think.
Cosmetic dentistry is truly amazing. When someone is sick and tired of stains, chips and other unsightly imperfections that keep them from feeling confident in their smiles, our Bellevue, WA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kianoosh Behshid, can turn that all around. We have highlighted some of the popular cosmetic dentistry options we have to offer.
For minor dental flaws such as small chips, discolorations, gaps or uneven teeth, dental bonding might be the right choice for you. By applying and shaping a tooth-colored material over these imperfections and then hardening it into place, our Bellevue dentist can easily and non-invasively change the shape or color of one or more teeth. Bonding also doesn’t require drilling or anesthesia, which is a major asset for those who are more anxious about getting dental treatment.
Implants and Bridges
If you are dealing with a severely weakened tooth or even a missing tooth, you may be weighing the pros and cons of different treatment options. Dental implants can be an amazing way to replace a missing tooth. However, needing surgery, the financial expense and other factors can make implants not right for everyone. Instead, dental bridges can be a great way to fill that gap left over by your missing tooth or teeth.
If you are dealing with a cavity, the most important thing you can do is seek treatment right away so the cavity doesn’t get worse. The same tooth-colored material we use for bonding will also be used to fill a tooth once the cavity has been removed. This is a common restorative procedure and one that can be done quickly and painlessly through the help of local anesthesia to numb the area prior to getting your filling.
Think about how challenging it can be sometimes to try and get those back teeth super clean. All you have to do is take a look at your molars and you will see all those nooks and crannies on the chewing surfaces where food and plaque could easily get trapped. To give your back teeth a little additional protection, our Bellevue general dentist may recommend dental sealants to cover and protect the chewing surfaces from decay using a tooth-colored seal. Children and teens are most likely to benefit from this preventive dentistry procedure.
If you want to find out more about getting cosmetic dentistry in Bellevue, WA, it’s high time you called Fine Dental Arts to schedule your initial consultation. Let’s give you a beautiful smile once more.
The cosmetic advantages of having straight, properly aligned teeth are often the main priority for adults who choose to undergo orthodontic treatment later in life. And while it is never too late to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile, the dietary restrictions and social considerations around getting traditional metallic braces can be a deal breaker for many adults and older teenagers. Dr. Kianoosh Behshid, a general and cosmetic dentist in Bellevue, WA, recommends Invisalign clear aligner trays for adults as an alternative to traditional braces.
Get Straighter Teeth - Without Braces - in Bellevue, WA
Aesthetics are certainly important, but orthodontic treatment goes beyond just providing cosmetic dental perfection. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, common orthodontic problems like malocclusions (bite and alignment issues) and crowding can also lead to oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease and tension and pain in the jaw (TMD).
You may be a good candidate for Invisalign if you suffer from:
- Crowding/extra tooth
- Severe/excessive spacing between teeth
The Invisalign Advantage for Straighter, Healthier Teeth
The non-invasive and practically invisible nature of clear aligner trays are among the biggest advantages of choosing Invisalign. But they also offer a number of health benefits that can minimize the risk of problems like cavities, and the food restrictions that are often necessary with metallic braces. Because the trays are removable and can be taken out for up to two hours a day, Invisalign wearers can continue to brush and floss daily. There are also less dietary restrictions than with braces. In many cases, the overall treatment period is shorter with Invisalign.
Invisalign is the ideal option for qualified adults looking for a discreet, non-invasive way to get straighter teeth, without disruptions to appearance or quality of life.
Find a Dentist in Bellevue, WA
Invisalign is an effective and non-invasive option for adults in need of orthodontic treatment. For more information on how clear aligners work, and whether they are the right option for you, contact Fine Dental Arts by calling (425) 558-0909 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Behshid today.
Unfortunately, root canal therapy tends to be shrouded in misconception for many people. However, this crucial procedure can actually save the natural structure of a damaged tooth, preventing the need for extraction and helping to preserve your smile. Learn more about root canal therapy with Dr. Kianoosh Behshid at Fine Dental Arts in Bellevue, WA.
Common Misconceptions Your Bellevue Dentist Would Like You to Know About Root Canals
“A root canal is painful.” The very first step your dentist takes while preparing for a root canal is to numb the area of the tooth in question. While you may feel some pressure while your dentist works, the anesthetic step eliminates the chance that you will feel any pain during your procedure. If you feel pain, you should alert Dr. Behshid so she can administer more anesthetic to your tooth.
“My dentist can just pull my tooth to avoid a root canal.” Extraction is almost always viewed as a last resort, not an alternative to other dental procedures like root canals. Saving the natural structure of your tooth will allow you to eat, chew and speak normally. A missing tooth comes with a slew of dental issues like bone atrophy, drifting surrounding teeth, and, eventually, sagging facial skin. A missing tooth can also skew your mouth’s bite, making chewing and eating more difficult or less effective. Root canal therapy preserves your tooth’s natural structure, avoiding a gap in your smile and allowing you to keep going about your daily activities as you would have before your root canal.
“I only need a root canal if I have a toothache.” While many cases of toothaches do end in a root canal, a toothache is actually one of the last signs that your tooth requires a root canal. Tooth decay begins on the outside of your tooth and eats its way through layer by layer until it reaches the tooth’s inner pulp, causing a toothache. It is at this end stages of decay that your tooth requires a root canal. If caught early, before the decay reaches the inner pulp, a root canal can actually prevent a toothache before it occurs.
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Behshid at Fine Dental Arts in Bellevue, WA. Call (425) 558-0909 to schedule your appointment today!
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