Sabal General Dentistry Rockport March 2019

March 2019

1406 Hwy 35 N, Suite C, Rockport, TX 78382 |



A Dentist’s Super Power Replacing What’s Been Lost


The tooth fairy is a popular figure at my house. My boys, Duncan and Logan, are at an age where they’re losing their baby teeth, which is very exciting for kids. Losing a tooth as an adult is a far less thrilling experience.

replacement for teeth. They don’t stay in place

“...I want patients to know they don’t have to just learn to live with missing teeth.”

very well, food tastes different, and there is that plastic covering the top of your mouth that can be hard to deal with, plus you have to remove them every night.

Whether a tooth is lost due to damage or decay, the

results are always troubling. Kids love to show off their missing teeth with a big grin, but I know most adults find themselves smiling a little less if a prominent tooth is gone. What’s more, missing teeth can make it really difficult to eat comfortably. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth begin to move around to fill the space. Additionally, losing a tooth causes the jaw bone in that area to deteriorate. This deterioration can spread and threaten the surrounding teeth. Without the right treatment, it’s not uncommon for a person who’s lost one tooth to lose many more. It’s a real domino effect, one we aim to stop early on at the office. Dental implants are a wonderful solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or even multiple missing teeth. In fact, there is a relatively new procedure known as “All on 4” that can replace those cumbersome removable dentures with a fixed bridge on four dental implants. This has been one of the biggest breakthroughs in dental implant therapy. It can be life changing. I’m sure we all know someone, a friend or loved one, that struggles with a denture. Let’s face it: Dentures are a replacement for not having teeth and not a

All on 4 solves so many of the uncomfortable issues of

dentures. You get a beautiful smile and no longer have to worry about your dentures being loose. You gain back your chewing ability so you

can enjoy healthier foods. There is no longer that covering across the top of your mouth. But I think the best part is the self confidence All on 4 brings. This month, I wanted to talk about dental implants and our All on 4 treatment because I want patients to know they don’t have to just learn to live with missing teeth. There are better options out there! Dental implants can offer a dramatic change to your smile, your lifestyle, and even your nutrition. Our goal is to improve the quality of a patient’s life. Ideally, we want to preserve natural teeth whenever possible. But in extreme cases where we have to pull teeth, or when patients have lost teeth years ago, dental implants are the very best dentistry has to offer.

–Dr. Valerie Sperry

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