The Consequences of Failing to Restore Missing Teeth

Tooth infected with tooth decay. Missing teeth are not at all as uncommon as you might want to think they are. In fact, chances are incredibly high that you know someone who is suffering from one or more missing teeth. What is even more tragic is the fact that many people refuse to restore their missing teeth, believing that there is no reason to replace these teeth as long as they are not seen or causing any pain. Unfortunately, these people don’t realize that their missing teeth can increase their chances of developing conditions like gum disease and tooth decay, which can result in even more missing teeth. Today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging from his Williams Lake, BC office to talk about some problems that can arise due to missing teeth.

Protect Your Smile by Restoring Missing Teeth

When you lose a tooth, all that is left behind is the empty space where that tooth used to sit. We call these gaps “food traps”, on account of how common it is for debris left behind by your meals to end up stuck in these spots. It is important that you take extra care to clean out your food traps as left behind materials can attract bacteria. If this bacteria gets stuck in your food traps for long enough, it will cause an infection, which we refer to as “gum disease”. Some symptoms associated with gum disease include chronic bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, pain while chewing, and gum recession.

Another problem that you might experience due to missing teeth is called “teeth drifting”. Our teeth work together to keep each other locked in place. But when you lose a tooth, it becomes possible for the surrounding teeth to begin moving or leaning into the empty spots left by your missing teeth. When this happens, these teeth tend to end up in positions that make them hard to keep clear of plaque. And, if you cannot properly clean your teeth, then you have the chance of developing tooth decay. Some symptoms of tooth decay include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.

Fortunately, our office is capable of providing a variety of tooth restoration treatments that can prevent these issues from happening. Using treatments like dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants, we can restore your teeth while keeping your oral health safe from attack. For this reason, we urge patients with missing teeth to get the treatments they need instead of letting their condition progress further.

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As you can see, it is very important that you do not put off treatment for your missing teeth. While it may seem like ignoring your missing teeth is a good way of saving yourself money, the fact is that your missing teeth are likely to end up costing you far more in the long run then what you would have spent had you restored your original missing tooth. If you would like to learn more about tooth restoration treatments with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar, then contact our office today.

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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