Monthly Archives: April 2016

An Implant Is A Plausible Choice

A dental implant has become a very popular option for the replacement of one or more lost teeth. One of the reasons is that an implant is nearer to the real thing than any of the other alternatives. An implant takes the place at the root of the lost tooth and is surgically placed so that it becomes a permanent part of the jawbone. The next step will be to top the implant off with a lifelike crown. Once the process is complete you will be able to chew, talk and smile with the same ease and self confidence that you felt with your natural tooth. The expected lifespan of a fixed dental bridge is ten years tops, but an implant is meant to last a lifetime. It may need adjustment from time to time but it will never have to be replaced. You may have heard that people who have suffered bone deterioration are no longer candidates for a dental implant. Every individual case is different but in most instances the bone structure can be built up so that it will be able to support an implant. The time frame for the completion of a dental implant varies according to the preparation measures that may be necessary and the patient’s capacity to heal. After his initial evaluation your dentist will be able to give you a pretty good estimate. Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory, NC can help restore your smile. Call 828-358-2555 for your consultation.

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Good Habits Should Not Be Broken

If you have taken good care of your teeth up until now there’s no reason why they can’t continue to serve you well throughout middle age and longer. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime and even though the average life span has increased significantly so has the dental technology available to us today. Your body undergoes many natural changes over time. Your teeth are no exception to that rule, so if you want to keep them you will need to continue to take good care of them. As the teeth age the nerves become less sensitive so that tooth decay may go unnoticed for a longer period of time. If you don’t keep up with regularly scheduled dental appointments a cavity may not be discovered soon enough to be treated easily meaning that a more invasive and time consuming procedure could be necessary. Tooth decay though more prevalent in children is not exclusive to them. Adults get cavities too! Bottled water is a favorite convenience for today’s adult population but very few brands are able to claim the benefit of fluoride content. We still need to drink the tap water from a fluoridated source. Brushing and flossing have always been part of a home regimen for good oral health. Some dentists may recommend using an electric toothbrush to make brushing easier for those of us who have lost some physical dexterity in our hands. Stick with a fluoride toothpaste and brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory, N.C. offers services for every member of your family. Call 828-322-6226 for your appointment.

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Dental Care Is Important For Every Member Of Your Family

Sometimes we get so involved in trying to keep up with the busy schedules of school and work that we forget about making regular family dental appointments a priority. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a checkup or if you’re new in your area and looking for a family dentist, search the internet or ask around for recommendations to get you back on track. Even if you stress the importance of home dental care and try to see to it that your kids brush and floss every day and eat the foods that are good for their teeth, professional care is still necessary to give them the best chance for long term oral health. Regular dental exams complete with cleanings and x-rays are the only way to diagnose a problem while it is still able to be easily managed. Periodontitis for instance, is a progressive disease that can be stopped in its tracks at the first stage of gingivitis. If it is left to develop however, gum disease can lead to a weakened bone structure and eventual tooth loss. Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory N.C. welcomes family members of all ages to his practice. Go to the website www.compassdentalhickory.com to become acquainted with the many services that Dr. Sigmon has to offer, then call the office @ 828-358-2555 to make your appointment.

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Maintain Your Dental Health

Regular dental checkups that include routine cleanings should become a part of your family plan for overall health maintenance. Poor oral health has been proven to be closely related to other physical conditions and disease. A thorough dental exam for example, will include screening for oral cancers that can be life threatening if not diagnosed early enough. The best way to prevent gum disease is to keep your teeth clear of plaque or tartar buildup. Brushing and flossing are good deterrents, but home care is not sufficient to remove all the everyday plaque that gathers on the teeth. Only a dental hygienist has the tools that can get to those hard to reach places between and around the teeth. Once plaque hardens to tartar the only way to treat it is with a professional cleaning. Advanced periodontitis can possibly lead to cardiovascular problems but keeping up with dental care can help prevent both. Any dental procedure becomes easier if it can be done before the particular problem has time to advance. A small surface cavity can even be reversed if treated at the earliest stage. Your dentist may also be able to detect a weakened tooth before it cracks or see that a filling needs to be replaced. The bottom line is that prevention is the key to good oral health. Make and keep regular family checkups with your dentist and dental hygienist . Call Compass Dental @ 828-358-2555 to make that appointment today.

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