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.

 

 

The Top 3 Questions About Dental Implants

If You Can't See the Missing Tooth From the Front -- Why Should I Get an Implant?

1. My missing tooth is in the back of my mouth. Why should I invest in an implant when no one can see the space?

When a tooth is missing, the underlying bone no longer has a purpose and begins to shrink. That’s what causes a sunken look around the mouth and jaw. Missing teeth also shift the burden of chewing to remaining teeth, causing them to wear down faster.

2. How does the cost of a dental implants procedure compare to other tooth replacement options?

When comparing tooth replacement options over a span of twenty years, dental implants are often the most cost effective. They last well over 20 years, while a bridge lasts 7-10 years and partials and dentures last an average of 5 years.

3. Am I too old for dental implants?

Age is not a factor. Dental implants are a lifestyle choice, as they affect appearance, eating, confidence, smiling and overall health. Last year, an 80+ year old patient got his dental implants before moving to Florida to continue his active lifestyle.

DENTAL IMPLANT FACT: 90% of all dental implants replace just a single missing tooth.

For more information on dental implants, visit our St Louis Dental Implants website.

The Secret to Saving Thousands on Implants, Veneers and Crowns

Are All Crowns, Implants and Veneers the Same?

There IS a secret to getting your cosmetic work done for less. And it’s simple. It’s getting it done right the first time.

Even high quality crowns, veneers and dental implants can fail in your mouth. They can feel unnatural and make it uncomfortable to chew. Done incorrectly, they can lead to popping and clicking in your jaw or head, neck and back pain.

The secret to saving thousands on your crowns, porcelain veneers and dental implants is to ensure that the cosmetic dentistry actually “fits” your head, neck and jaw. Consider that dentistry is engineering on a very tiny scale. Everything must fit together to function correctly. Often, patients come to me with a jaw joint imbalance that has led to a deteriorated dental condition. Once this imbalance is corrected, cosmetic dental work can be placed on a sound structure.

This is called orthopedic cosmetic dentistry . This is not a recognized specialty in dentistry, but a protocol I’ve followed based on thirty-five years of experience, training and research into the best ways to ensure that cosmetic dental work lasts, does not interfere with natural chewing function, or create a structural imbalance leading to pain.

If you’re over the age of forty and have considered getting veneers, implants or crowns, I apply the principles of orthopedic cosmetic dentistry to Midlife Dentistry. That’s a sequence of treatment to restore the health of your teeth and gums and enhance your smile and usually entails some procedures that are common in the midlife mouth, such as:

* Your head, neck and jaw are balanced so that your cosmetic dental work is sitting on a sound structure. This ensures that your cosmetic work will last and 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 have to redo cosmetic dental work. Worse, you may seek medical treatment for pain that has been caused by your cosmetic work.

But whether you’re midlife or not, your teeth and gums are part of the interrelated structure of your head, neck and jaw. A comprehensive program ensures the outcome of natural chewing as well as the expected aesthetic outcome. If your primary concern is just looks, then you may not get the work done correctly the first time.

I regularly have patients come to me to correct cosmetic work that was done over misalignment of the head, neck or jaw. This often leads to unexplained headaches due to a basic malfunction that was only made worse by veneers or crowns.

Some signs you may be ready for orthopedic dentistry are:
1. Thinning of your lips.
2. Wrinkles or sagging around your mouth and jaw.
3. A wearing down of your teeth causing your chin to get closer to your nose.
4. You avoid chewing on one side of your mouth.
5. You have missing or cracked teeth.
6. You don’t smile for pictures anymore.
7. You noticed facial pain with increased pressure in your head and sinuses.
8. You put your hand over your mouth when you smile.
9. You notice your smile is getting crooked as teeth wear down unevenly.
10. You’ve had an increase in root canals, especially on one side of your mouth.
11. You have neck and low back pain that creates inactivity.

The primary role of dentistry is chewing. Whether you are getting simple fillings or implants and crowns, your dental work needs to function naturally. With this approach to your cosmetic dentistry, your work is performed so that it’s in alignment with your structure. It is also done in the correct sequence, since all procedures are done in my office. This leads to work that doesn’t have to be redone. And that’s the secret to saving thousands on your cosmetic work.

You can learn more in my free downloadable ebook: Lifetime Smile.

If you are interested in a Consultation for Implants, Veneers, Crowns or Bridges,
call our St Louis dentist office 314 576 3000.

Midlife Dentistry is a service mark owned by Dr. Peter J. Pagano, DDS PC

Are Same Day Implants For Everyone?

Single Tooth Implant Is the Most Common

I get asked a lot about same day implants. Implants are the best dental treatment for missing teeth. A titanium post is inserted into the bone where the tooth was and capped off with a crown. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent bone loss and gum recession that are common with bridgework and dentures.

The stability is returned to the jaw and dental implants look, feel and are maintained like your own teeth. For those who don’t want an unsightly gaping hole or for someone who doesn’t want to have to contend with dentures, implants are the most innovative dental alternative available.

That said, for about 80% of the patients who come into my St Louis office, dental implants can’t be done in a day. One reason is that bone erosion often accompanies a missing tooth. For proper placement of the implant there has to be enough bone, often requiring a bone graft. This means that the implant procedure is going to take more than one visit.

Here’s more on dental implants.