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.

Call and Schedule a Consultation at Williams Lake Smiles

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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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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