Karl A. Smith, DDS, LLC
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Karl A. Smith, DDS, LLC
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Alexandria, VA 22302
Can Periodontal Health Create a Beautiful Smile?
Hollywood stars know the power of a beautiful smile. Celebrities seem to have perfect teeth, but just like the rest of us, they've had a little help from their dentist.
If periodontal tooth and gum issues are not treated in advance of beautiful cosmetics, you may be wasting your time and money. Periodontics are the foundation of a healthy smile and can make the money you spend on beautiful teeth last many years longer.
Opened wide in a positive way, your smile can help make new friends, close a business deal, cheer up a broken heart and ensure that other people feel good about you. How you feel about your smile, directly relates to how much you actually use it.
Do you like your smile? If not, you may be missing out on a beautiful and healthy smile that will give you the self-confidence you deserve. And, it goes one step further, healthy teeth and gums are the foundation of a healthy body as your oral health directly impacts your overall health.
Advanced dentistry and good periodontal (gum) care can help you achieve the ultimate show-stopping smile. Dental implants will give you back your smile with natural looking and fully functional teeth that best replace your own. Gum grafting can reduce a “gummy smile” to show more of your teeth and open up your beautiful smile.
Laser treatments that utilize less invasive procedures can control and eliminate periodontal disease to help save your natural teeth and gums. An experienced periodontist can provide you with countless options for improving your smile and keeping your gums and teeth healthy for life.
Are You Missing Teeth?
The effect of a missing tooth is not only devastating to your smile, but it's detrimental to your long-term oral and medical health. It's not just about unsightly gaps; people missing teeth lose supportive gum tissue and the bone that surrounds other teeth, and eventually the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. Studies show that people with all of their teeth can live on average 10 years longer than people with missing teeth.
Having gaps where teeth are missing affects the way the jaw closes as the remaining teeth begin to tilt and drift into the gaps. Food can become trapped in these spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. The tilting and drifting can also cause problems for the opposing teeth as your bite becomes off-balanced and you may begin to experience jaw and joint problems.
Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to look prematurely aged. Lost teeth affect what you eat and how you swallow and process food and how you speak and function on a daily basis.
The good news is that an experienced periodontist has the advanced training beyond their regular dental degree to prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal (gum) disease with the most advanced laser therapy to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. A periodontist can also offer personalized solutions to replace your missing teeth, repair your damaged gums, and prevent or rebuild bone that may have been lost.
Your teeth provide much more function than just the ability to chew. They are necessary for the health of the gum and jaw tissues as they provide a strong foundation for a truly beautiful smile. Take control of your preventative dental health. Make an appointment for a complete periodontal evaluation with an experienced periodontist today. You will be glad you did.