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!

Alive Magazine Article With Dr Peter Pagano

 

Peter J Pagano DDS

Peter J Pagano DDS

Artistic Dentistry: Peter J. Pagano D.D.S.

Our Specialties: Artistic Dentistry provides most dental services under one roof. With a multidisciplinary approach, we’re able to diagnose and deliver a complete treatment plan. We have offered traditional orthodontics since 1977 and clear braces since they first became available. We’ve also offered dental implant systems since 1999, which are even more popular today. Since a great many of our clientele are busy professionals, being able to get everything done under one roof is very attractive.

What We’re Known For: We are known by our patients as a high-tech practice with a high-touch, neighborhood ambience. Our scheduling system is designed around the needs of busy professionals, so we always aim to keep wait times under 10 minutes.

Embracing Technology: With 3-D cone beam technology, also known as Computerized Tomography (a “CT Scan”) we’re able to view images in three dimensions, as opposed to just two. This takes the guesswork out of diagnosis, and in the case of dental implants, allows for more precise placement of the implant. We also have digital intra-oral imaging technology, which reduces patient exposure to radiation to just a fraction of traditional X-rays. And with laser technology, we can recontour gum tissues for our aesthetic cases.

Expert Advice: Dentistry is the starting point for overall health. If your gums are bleeding or you’re experiencing tooth or jaw pain, there’s something wrong. Those conditions need immediate attention in order to preserve oral health, which goes a long way in maintaining an attractive appearance and a healthy body.

Services: Single-tooth and full-arch dental implants, TMJ, crown and bridge, periodontics, traditional orthodontics as well as clear braces, root canal therapy, oral surgery, composite and porcelain restorations, porcelain veneers, bone grafting and sinus lifts.

12334 Olive Blvd. | Creve Coeur, MO 63141
314.576.3000 | artisticsmiledoc.com

Even the Mona Lisa Was Transformed With a Good Cleaning

Even the Mona Lisa was transformed with a good cleaning. Your regular dental checkup will keep your smile sparkling!

Even the Mona Lisa was transformed with a good cleaning.
Your regular dental checkup will keep your smile sparkling!

Has the Luster of Your Smile Faded?

One Good Cleaning Can Make All the Difference
(See Offer Below)

This duplicate of the Mona Lisa (on the left) was discovered recently in Madrid. It was created by an apprentice who sat next to DaVinci and copied each stroke as he painted. When cleaned, it revealed details not distinguishable on the original.

Our dental cleanings are so THOROUGH that even if their as dingy as the original Mona Lisa, we can still restore the luster and a smooth feel to your teeth. Your gums will be happier and your teeth more sparkly, making you want to smile more!

HAS IT BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR?

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in over a year, call to schedule your CLEANING, 5-POINT DENTAL EXAM AND X-RAYS by July 31 and pay an Introductory Fee of Just $87. That’s a savings of nearly $200. Just call by July 31 to schedule an appt.

Call 314-576-3000. Mention the MONA LISA Rate when you call.

 

 

 

News: St Louis Ranks Among Lowest in Nation for Dental Health

MSN Health News reported in the first quarter of 2011 that St Louis is the most dentally challenged city in the country. Other sources don’t rank St Louis quite that poorly, but a little research corroborated what could be a legitimate reason to educate our residents more on the importance of dental care and its relationship to overall health.

Missouri ranks third for consumption of cola and all that sugar and artificial coloring can wreak havoc on your teeth. When you combine the soda consumption with the fact that Missouri ranks #46 for dental visits (meaning among the lowest in the nation), you can understand how the overall dental condition of Missouri-ans is poor.

The best first step in any dental improvement program is to increase checkups. The regular cleanings alone will improve gum health and the regular dental exams can detect problems before they become expensive or painful to address.

What Is a Deep Cleaning?

If you’ve been told you need a deep cleaning, also known as “scaling and root planing,” it’s important to understand what this procedure is and why it is absolutely vital to your dental and overall health to get it done — if you need it.

A type of gum puffiness, redness or bleeding means that your gums aren’t completely attached to your teeth. These areas that aren’t attached are called pockets and once they develop they provide an opening for bacteria to get under the gum line. Once it gets in there, it festers. Even if your gums reattach at the surface, if bacteria is trapped inside, it gets to work on your bone.

With a deep cleaning you get all of that trapped bacteria, plaque and calcification cleaned out. The result is your gum tissue can reattach to the bone. A deep cleaning, when necessary, is one of the most therapeutic health treatments you can get. Good gum health is a foundation of good overall health.

Here’s an example of how vital healthy gums are: a fellow in his mid forties came into the office with very puffy, swollen gums that bled when he brushed his teeth. Many of his teeth were loose and shifting. As you can imagine, his poor hygiene had led to other dental problems. He requested to have all of his teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants and crowns. Instead, I advised him to get a thorough deep cleaning. His own teeth could not thrive with unhealthy gums, and dental implants would not last either.

What is Orthopedic Cosmetic Dentistry?

This is not a recognized specialty in dentistry. Rather, it’s a term we use in
our office to describe the Pagano Protocol – the sequence in which your
teeth, gums and structure are treated which results in a dazzling smile that
sits in a structurally sound foundation.
What do we mean by “orthopedic cosmetic dentistry?” Think of your teeth
and gums as the inside of a house and your jaw and head bones as the
structure and foundation. Once Doc ensures that the structure is balanced
and stable – which often includes treatment that eliminates headaches,
teeth grinding and other unwanted conditions – then the restorative and
cosmetic treatments on your teeth and gums can be performed on a stable
foundation. This results in cosmetic treatment that lasts, a bite that feels
natural, and eliminates redoing your work.
One patient with lifelong headaches experienced complete relief. Her
treatment included straightening her teeth and getting a gorgeous
smile. You can read more in Doc’s free downloadable ebook: Lifetime Smile
at www.stlouisdentistdrpete.com.

This is not a recognized specialty in dentistry. Rather, it’s a term we use in our office to describe the sequence in which your teeth, gums and structure are treated. A dazzling smile should sit on a structurally sound foundation.

What do we mean by “orthopedic cosmetic dentistry?” Think of your teeth and gums as the inside of a house and your jaw and head bones as the structure and foundation. Once Doc ensures that the structure is balanced and stable – which often includes treatment that eliminates headaches,

teeth grinding and other unwanted conditions – then the restorative and cosmetic treatments on your teeth and gums can be performed on a stable foundation. This results in cosmetic treatment that lasts, a bite that feels natural, and eliminates redoing your work.

One patient with lifelong headaches experienced complete relief. Her treatment included straightening her teeth and getting a gorgeous smile.

You can read more about orthopedic dentistry in Doc’s free downloadable ebook available on our home page.

Graphic courtesy of Humor Illustrator Suzanne Conway

Look Ma’ No Cavities!

Look Ma! No Cavities!

For Boomers who grew up with this famous toothpaste advertisement, I have a news flash: At your age, it’s no longer just about cavities!

If you’ve passed the age of forty, you really should have a mid-life diagnosis to evaluate the overall state of your oral health AND to plan a proper course of treatment that will enable you to keep your teeth for the remainder of your lifetime.

Patients over forty have often shortchanged their dental health or just barely maintained their teeth and gums. With the expense of family taking precedence through the previous two decades, Boomer-aged patients coming to me for the first time are often prepared to play catch-up with their own dental health.

Today you can plan a course of treatment that will ensure you’ve got your own teeth to chew with well into your senior years. In addition, nothing is more youthful than a natural-looking white smile. Unlike your parents, if you take care now you can have both.