In spite of what many of us think, restorative dental care isn't just about aesthetics. Yes, there is much more to a healthy smile than the way it looks -- and getting some work done can improve patients' quality of life in ways that they may not expect. Here are just a few:
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Again
This is a big one. When cracked and chipped teeth, missing teeth, or dated dentures are a reality in your day-to-day life, you can forget just how wonderful it was to enjoy some of your favorite foods whenever you wanted to. For example, it typically takes a full mouth of teeth to enjoy the barbecue classic corn on the cob. In some cases, dense, chewy foods, like steak, may be off the table. Patients with missing teeth or tooth sensitivity typically shy away from extreme temperatures, meaning that indulging in coffee, tea, and other hot beverages as well as extremely cold treats, like ice cream and Italian ice, is out of the question. With restorative dental care, dental patients can instantly whiten teeth and> enjoy their favorite foods again. For example, dental implants have a 98% success rate -- and that's wonderful news for the 60% of American adults (ages 35 to 44) missing teeth and missing out on some of their favorite treats.
Poor Dental Health Can Have A Trickle-Down Effect
The benefits of attending to your smile do not stop there. In fact, the reasons that 3 million Americans currently have dental implants (and another 500,000 get them every year) can be pretty practical. For one, neglecting dental health can have devastating effects. Leaving a decaying tooth in your mouth can lead to gum infection and irritation and ultimately may even increase your risk of much more serious health conditions, like heart problems.
Looking good is always a plus -- but dental restoration is often about so much more. Repairing and replacing teeth can help you enjoy your daily life more whether that means eating your favorite foods again or being proactive about your long-term health.