Why a Missing Back Tooth Matters ….

Missing Tooth, Creve Coeur Family Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist Creve Coeur, MO

“Ssshhh … my back tooth is missing!”

… OR, DO I NEED TO GET AN IMPLANT TO REPLACE A MISSING MOLAR?

The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 178 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth. Delta Dental Northeast reports that nearly half of Americans ages 65 and older have lost six or more teeth, and 20 percent have lost all of their teeth. In our Creve Coeur practice, we fortunately don’t see averages this high.

When the missing tooth is toward the front of the smile, most people will replace it with a dental implant or other tooth replacement option.

However, when the missing tooth is a molar or toward the back, it can seem less important to do anything. The logic goes: “if no one can see it, it’s not as important as a missing tooth closer to the front.” 

Missing back teeth are common because the molars are the first adult teeth to erupt and unfortunately, often the first to be lost due to decay or fracture. And, as this post hopes to convey, the impact of a missing back tooth on your smile is equally as important in the long run as a front tooth.

Any missing tooth initiates this cascading series of events:

• Wrinkles appear around the mouth. Upper and lower lips lose fullness and appear thinner.

• Lips droop at corners of the mouth. Collapse of upper lip due to underlying bone loss and loss of fullness will make the nose appear larger than if the upper lip had more support.

• Decrease in facial height as the distance between the tip of the nose and chin reduces.

• The chin moves forward.

These changes occur over time due to bone loss triggered by a missing tooth.

When a tooth is missing and isn’t replaced, the jawbone supporting that tooth has no purpose and will begin to shrink. What follows is:

  • the teeth begin to shift;
  • chewing is shifted to other teeth, causing them to wear faster;
  • 20% of adjacent teeth will be lost within 4-8 years; and
  • the bone shrinks, leading to the collapsing facial appearance described above.

If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Creve Coeur, Artistic Dentistry has been providing all cosmetic services for over thirty years. With advanced technology, including 3D imaging, state-of-the-art sterilization, laser therapy and the most natural dental materials available that are effective, we’ve become the Go-To Center for Tooth Replacement. In that we offer all tooth replacement services, we’re not partial to one or the other. Our approach is simply to find out which option works best for our patient, based on his/her dental condition, needs and budget.

Contact us today to learn more!

Anti-Aging Dentistry Defined

Dr Pete & Martha and Friends Yvonne & Ken Are Grateful for Good Health

Dr Pete & Martha, Along with Friends Yvonne & Ken, Are Grateful for Good Health.

Alignment and Balance Can Help Prevent “Dental Aging.”
Have You Noticed Any of These Telltale Signs of Imbalance?

  • Thinning of your lips.
  • Wrinkles or sagging around your mouth and jaw.
  • A wearing down of your teeth causing your chin to get closer to your nose.
  • You avoid chewing on one side of your mouth.
  • You have missing or cracked teeth.
  • You don’t smile for pictures anymore.
  • You noticed facial pain with increased pressure in your head and sinuses.
  • You put your hand over your mouth when you smile.
  • You notice your smile is getting crooked as teeth wear down unevenly.
  • You’ve had an increase in root canals, especially on one side of your mouth.
  • You have neck and low back pain that creates inactivity.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, schedule your
Super-Thorough Cleaning, 5-Point Dental Exam and X-Rays for just $116 – a savings of over $200.
Call 314-576-3000.

If you’re over the age of forty and have considered cosmetic dental work, you’ll want to know some of the principles behind Anti-Aging Dentistry, also known as Midlife DentistryYour head, neck and jaw need to be in balance in order for cosmetic dental work to rest on a sound structure. This will save you from redoing procedures.

As you age your teeth wear down, often causing an uneven bite. This can lead to unexplained pain in the head and neck area. If not addressed, you may seek medical treatment for pain caused by this dental condition.

Your teeth and gums are part of an interrelated structure that includes your head, neck and jaw. Anti-aging dentistry or Midlife Dentistry, is a comprehensive program that ensures your chewing function feels natural when your work is complete. Along with appearance, your concern with any cosmetic dental work, should also be balance. That way, your treatment is done correctly the first time and can last longer.

Dr. Pete’s 30+ years of experience and training  ensures your cosmetic dental work will last, integrates with your own natural chewing function, and doesn’t create a structural imbalance leading to pain.

3D Imaging Allows for More Precise Placement of Dental Implants

3D Imaging Allows
for More Precise Placement of Dental Implants

The Latest In Imaging Technology

At Artistic Dentistry, we update your smile using the latest technology as well as Dr Pete’s more than 30+ years experience and training in nearly every dental procedure.

SPECIAL OFFER:
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, schedule your
Super-Thorough Cleaning, 5-Point Dental Exam and X-Rays for just $116 – a savings of over $200. 

Call 314-576-3000.

 

 

Designer Dentures?

Designer Dentures?
Rather Than Dread Dentures, Views Them as a
Chance to Design Your Own Smile
Morton came in as a new patient asking for a new
set of dentures. In collaborating with him so we
could make him dentures he would be proud to
wear, I asked him questions such as:
Do you want spaces between your front teeth?
What type of smiles do you like?
Who do you want to look like?
Do you want big teeth, little teeth, long teeth,
wide teeth?
• Do you want personalization, such as little
character flaws built into your teeth?
• Do you want perfect alignment?
Morton told me he’d never been consulted to that
degree like when getting dentures made previously.
He said for the first time ever, he was excited to get
his new denture appliance.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of
every 4 adults over 60 have lost all of their natural
teeth due to gum disease and tooth decay. Another
CDC report says 1 out of every 5 adults over 65 have
lost all of their teeth. Once that occurs, your choices
are dentures or implants.
Although dental implants are an excellent alternative
to dentures, not everyone can get them. This doesn’t
mean you have to dread dentures. The biggest
reason denture wearers switch to implants is:
• Their dentures are ill-fitting and uncomfortable;
• They don’t like how their dentures look.
You can dread dentures or view them as an
opportunity to design your smile. If you want to pay
$99 and get “teeth-on-a-plate” then the old adage
“you get what you pay for” applies.
On the other hand, if you want someone to craft an
appliance that feels and looks natural, you can spend
the money and get something that will make you
feel confident.
As an Art Minor in college, I see beyond the science
of dentistry. Although an appliance needs to be
engineered perfectly, the aesthetic appeal must also
be present.
If you need a denture, view it as an opportunity to
design the smile you’ve always wanted.
*BLOG is short for “weblog,” a journal posted online.

Rather Than Dread Dentures, View Them as a Chance to Design Your Own Smile

Morton came in as a new patient asking for a new set of dentures. In collaborating with him so we

could make him dentures he would be proud to wear, I asked him questions such as:

Do you want spaces between your front teeth?

What type of smiles do you like?

Who do you want to look like?

Do you want big teeth, little teeth, long teeth, wide teeth?

Do you want personalization, such as little character flaws built into your teeth?

Do you want perfect alignment?

Morton told me he’d never been consulted to that degree like when getting dentures made previously.

He said for the first time ever, he was excited to get his new denture appliance.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 4 adults over 60 have lost all of their natural teeth due to gum disease and tooth decay. Another CDC report says 1 out of every 5 adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth. Once that occurs, your choices are dentures or implants.

Although dental implants are an excellent alternative to dentures, not everyone can get them. This doesn’t mean you have to dread dentures. The biggest reason denture wearers switch to implants is:

• Their dentures are ill-fitting and uncomfortable;

• They don’t like how their dentures look.

You can dread dentures or view them as an opportunity to design your smile. If you want to pay $99 and get “teeth-on-a-plate” then the old adage “you get what you pay for” applies.

On the other hand, if you want someone to craft an appliance that feels and looks natural, you can spend the money and get something that will make you feel confident.

As an Art Minor in college, I see beyond the science of dentistry. Although an appliance needs to be engineered perfectly, the aesthetic appeal must also be present.

If you need a denture, view it as an opportunity to design the smile you’ve always wanted.

Are You Living a 100 Year Lifestyle?

George Burns, the world’s most famous centenarian, once joked that if he knew he was going to live to 100, he would have taken better care of himself.

Centenarians are one of the fastest-growing age groups in the industrialized world. Anyone today who’s 40 has a good chance of living until 100. But, according to Dr. Eric Plasker of The 100 Year Lifestyle, some people don’t want to live that long due to concerns that they won’t be in good health, or will be broke or both.

Someone once said that tomorrow is made up of small decisions you make today. For example, someone under fifty who has been relying on social security to live on when they retire may not have set aside any savings. They may have spent their money on vacations or electronic equipment like tvs and stereos instead of creating a nest egg. A similar false security on dental insurance might have someone making decisions to postpone dental work because their insurance has annual limits. In either case, the reliance on someone else to determine what you should do today in order to secure your tomorrow might be a leap of faith.

Even if you’ve under-planned your financial or dental future, it’s almost never to late to remedy the situation. For example, Beth Thames, a tax manager in Atlanta, calculated that if a 50 year old started with nothing saved and set aside $500 a month until the age of 75, at 7% interest, she’d accumulate a nest egg over $400,000.

Similarly, many of my patients over 40 are aware of the discrepancy between insurance coverage and the true amount of dental work needed to preserve their teeth. Since they want to have their teeth in their senior years, they are restoring and preserving them. Others are enhancing their smiles with crowns, veneers, straightening, and whitening.

100 year lifestyle planning involves making decisions that ensure you have the quality of life you want in your later years.

Anti-Aging Benefits of Keeping Your Natural Teeth

Want to know what happens to your teeth as you get older? They wear down, like tread on tires. Ever so gradually, the distance between your chin and nose diminishes until one day you realize that you’ve got lines around your mouth and you just, well …look older, but don’t really know why. That’s one reason to consider crowns or overlays on your back teeth – this procedures restores the lost vertical distance created by wear. It’s almost like having a facelift!