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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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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