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Losing a tooth is a trauma. Even if the loss was pain-free, 9/10 of patients can remember distinct details about the incident.
Think about it – do you recall details about losing a tooth that you would typically not pay attention to? Our hygienist, Claranne has made this observation after years of patients sharing about the loss of a tooth or several teeth. The memory of how, why, where and when we lose our teeth sticks with us long after the tooth fairy has come and gone!
If you’ve lost teeth and have not replaced them with dental implants, or if you have difficulty applying dentures, it can be tempting to try and eat without them. Over time, you might even become good at it. While this approach may seem convenient, eating without teeth or dentures can be dangerous to the mouth and the rest of your body. Before you or someone you know has their next meal without teeth, consider these health and aging risks that commonly accompany tooth loss!
When you try to chew without teeth, your gums and jaws have to work extra hard to ensure that food is chewed enough to swallow. Your teeth, gums, and jaw will become worn out and sore from having to work harder to chew, break down and process foods, even with the help of dentures. This can often lead to serious and painful problems like gum infections and TMJ.
While you may have a stash of recipes for yummy puddings, smoothies and other soft foods, no one wants to be stuck on a puree-only diet! Soft-diets are typically only intended to be followed for short periods of time, like allowing tissue to heal post-extractions. Without the pressure the jawbone is used to exerting for those who follow a regular diet, the bone becomes weakened over time, making it more susceptible to fractures and other complications.
Your jawbone, gums and teeth help define your individual, unique facial features and structure. Unrestored lost teeth and resulting bone loss, can alter your appearance and speech, diminish self-confidence, affect your diet, harm your health and impair your social, personal and professional life.
Whether a tooth is lost due to infection or injury, the bone in that area is no longer stimulated without natural chewing forces and begins to shrink almost immediately. Significant bone loss occurs within the first year, which is why tooth replacement should not be postponed. Bone deterioration does not stop at the area underneath the missing tooth; it can progress to the bone under healthy teeth, creating further tooth loss.
This is exactly how the loss of one or two teeth can negatively impact your appearance and accelerate the aging process. Since the facial changes occur gradually, you may not notice them right away, but the skin around your jaw and chin will likely start to sag and your cheeks may become sunken. Tooth loss can age you 10 years or more!
Don’t wait for these negative signs to make their mark on your face and health. By focusing on prevention and working with your Dentalways doctor and hygienist, you can prevent these damaging effects of gum disease, decay and bone loss. If you have missing teeth in need of replacement, let our Dentalways team work with you to find the best solutions!
Prevention is the key to avoiding the nightmare of unnecessary tooth loss and the damage it can do to your health, emotional well-being and appearance. If prevention is no longer an option for you, one replacement option is dental implant restorations. Dental implants actually stimulate the bone, similar to the way a natural tooth would. This preserves the bone, and, in turn preserves your facial structure and features. We all want to keep our youthfulness as long as possible, right?
And don’t forget about the irreplaceable enjoyment of your favorite foods and smiling with confidence in family photos. Don’t let tooth loss interrupt these moments that you deserve to enjoy. Dental implants are capable of restoring these qualities that tooth and bone loss can take from you.
We at Dentalways want you and your families to have happy, healthy and beautiful smiles that beam with confidence. A smile is the most important thing you can wear. We would love to help care for, and restore yours. Give us a call at 501-753-7366 or fill out our Request An Appointment online.
My teeth have always been small which made my gums cover about 70% of my smile. For this reason, I have always been self-conscious when smiling. But because of Dr. Khullar’s generosity, kindness, and concern for my feelings he made the “total procedure” possible for me! Dr. Khullar and his team were as concerned and excited about the final outcome of my procedure as I was!
Now everyone tells me what a total difference it has made in my appearance. I cannot thank him and his team enough! He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding dentist. Because of them I cannot stop smiling!
Linda B. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team including Lauren , Jeannie and Lori were exceptionally friendly and efficient, which is hard to find these days in doctor offices. During my recent visit they accommodated their schedule to get all my procedures on the same day. Dr. Khullar and his team spends time talking to you and explaining the procedures in detail. I would highly recommend this clinic to all my friends, family and physician peers. Keep up the great work!!
Senthil R. MD, MPH - Little Rock, AR
My last procedure was a root canal and two crowns. I was given plenty of time to relax, and because of the expertise and gentle care from Dr. Khullar and his team I actually slept through the entire procedure! Dr. Khullar stayed after hours to ensure that I was comfortable and answered all my concerns.
I travel an hour round trip to see Dr. Khullar and would encourage anyone else to do the same. His team, especially Jessica and Trish, make everything from insurance to payments to assisting in my dental care a surprisingly pleasant experience. You really can't say that about most dentists. Several of my family members are now patients at DK Dental, and we are the most satisfied we have ever been with our dental care!
Theresa C. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team are so polite and fun to be around, it makes my visit enjoyable and relaxing. My mouth has done a 180 degree turn thanks to Dr. Khullar. He made me feel that every visit and every dollar was worth my wonderful new smile.
My life is much better without the pain of cavities. I feel free from the stress of bad teeth and bad gums. Dr. Khullar is one of my hero's, and his team is so nice and caring!
Dr. Khullar and his team are friendly and take excellent care of my family's teeth. The office is equipped with the technology needed to stay current with new advances in dentistry. They are local and schedule around our busy lifestyle with a family seven.
Dr. K and his team are very helpful with scheduling what needs to be taken care of first. They have worked hard with us to figure out what insurance would pay and help us figure out payment options. Thank you guys for all your help, our family is pain free and have healthy teeth because of your hard work.
What I like most is their friendly and professional assistance and the manner in which they care for their patients. Most of my visits required lengthy work. Dr. Khullar and his team made me feel very comfortable and at ease and all of my dental work was done with little or no pain or discomfort.
He and his staff are the friendliest and most enjoyable people anyone could be around and this so important in a medical setting.
Dr. Khullar and his team are always very cooperative and helpful in answering my questions. Everyone in his office is always cheerful and friendly. They always remember me from visit to visit!
I was pleasantly surprised when I first walked into his Perryville and Morrilton offices. He uses the latest high tech dental equipment, and he is fully staffed with qualified and friendly people.
On the day Dr. K told me it would take two hours sitting in the dental chair for the first phase of my tooth implant, I told him, no way! But he and his nurse worked in such an expert and gentle manner that I made it through the procedure just fine. The cost was less too. Dr. Khullar has done extensive work on my teeth the past couple of years, and from my point of view, he is among the best dentists to be found anywhere!
The best part of Dr. Khullar's office is the team is always friendly and smiling, they make me feel good about coming in. I have had a couple of crowns now and an inlay. I am 36 and had never taken the nitrous gas. Dr. K always asked if I would like some, but I was nervous about it. I will never have a crown without it again.
I love that because of Dr. K I can joke and have fun while having dental work done! Not to mention my crowns were perfect! I recommend Dr. Khullar to everyone I know.
I love the fact that Dr. Khullar and his team were persistent with my work until it was perfect and I was totally satisfied. His team is kind, caring, and friendly. I have regained my confidence with the great smile Dr. Khullar has given me. Dr. Khullar truly gave me a Hollywood smile!
When I first came to Dr. Khullar I did not want to smile, my teeth were worn out and I could not chew properly. But Dr. Khullar took care of all my dental problems and now I have the smile I've always wanted and can chew like never before!
My old teeth got worn and flaky. One of my teeth was so fragile, it broke while I was eating pretzels! My new LVI teeth are not only very comfortable they look great. Thanks to Dr. Khullar and his team I have a new smile that not only looks good, but makes me feel confident, assured, and about 10 years younger! Every morning when I look in the mirror I wonder why I didn't do this sooner!