September 10, 2018
It’s incredible what a good general dentist can do for you. We’re not just talking about making your teeth clean, either. Though that’s obviously a big way we can help you, there are many other ways you can benefit from the dentist. Our Boone, NC dentist, Dr. Steven Airey, has trained in so many areas of his field that he can offer comprehensive care to repair, maintain, and beautify your smile.
Check out four of the reasons you should see the dentist below. Then call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673 for help with any smile care you need.
1. Enhance your smile.
Many people feel guilty for wanting cosmetic dental work to enhance their smiles. But it’s not just “vain” people who get cosmetic dentistry. In fact, we consider the appearance aspect of everything we do, whether we’re repairing teeth with porcelain crowns that match your smile or filling a tooth with a nonmetal filling.
Even so, “extra” dental work like veneers or teeth whitening has advantages that go beyond a better smile. Research supports that an attractive smile provides many benefits, like:
- Improving your overall appearance
- Seeming more approachable, since people with better smiles are more likely to smile more
- Looking more attractive
- Looking younger
- Making better first impressions
- Coming across as more successful
- Coming across as more confident
- Providing greater opportunities at work and in social and romantic situations with your enhanced confidence and appearance
- Appearing wealthier
- Appearing friendlier
Aside from all the evidence, we’ve seen this for ourselves. For almost 30 years now, Dr. Airey has seen patients go from hiding their mouths when they speak, looking down when they talk, and closing their mouths when smiling to holding their heads high and grinning without reservation. Even people who made small changes like brightening their smile or fixing a misshapen tooth have stopped thinking about their smiles during conversations.
Like many of our patients, you’ll wish you’d made a change sooner when you see your new smile. Come in for a consultation, and Dr. Airey can show you how a minor change or makeover can improve your smile – and beyond.
2. Relieve your dental pain.
One of the reasons we come to work every day is to help people get out of pain. Sure, that can include emotional pain from smile embarrassment. But here, we’re talking about physical pain. Oral pain can be debilitating, as is usually the case with infected teeth. It can also be subtle, just something that you dismiss since it doesn’t seem to affect you that much.
Whether your pain is intense and sharp, off and on again, dull, or mild, you should see us. Like anything else in your body, pain means something is wrong. Of course, it could be something that a quick trip to our office could fix. But it also could be something that will grow worse over time to the point that the damage is permanent. Regardless, we will ease your pain and provide a lasting solution. This includes relief for:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Loose teeth
- Knocked-out teeth (which we can put back in place or replace)
- Painful gums or other oral tissues
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Dry mouth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Broken restorations
- Loose, ill-fitting dentures
- Missing teeth
- And more!
What’s even better is that sedation and technology can make your visit comfortable and quick.
3. Replace your missing teeth.
We just told you that we can provide relief for bad dentures and missing teeth. When you’re missing enough teeth or wear dentures that don’t fit well, eating becomes a task rather than a simple break in your day or a pleasure. Even missing one tooth can cause you to chew on one side and have to “think” about eating.
Dr. Airey provides many solutions for missing teeth. He can address your concerns about replacing teeth, whether they’re fear of pain, costs, or something else.
There are consequences to leaving your missing teeth untreated or wearing bad dentures. These include:
- Bone loss, which naturally occurs after tooth loss or extraction
- Wrinkling around your mouth
- Looking older and less attractive
- Having problems eating because of gaps or loss of bite strength
- Premature wearing down of teeth by chewing differently
- Teeth shifting
- Tooth loss
- Higher risk of dental problems like gum disease
- Compromised nutrition and digestion from changing your diet if you can’t eat healthy foods, like crunchy apples and carrots
- Embarrassment that leads to you avoiding work, social, or romantic situations
- Fear of dentures falling out
- Sores and pain from dentures
We could go on, but you likely get the point. And we bet you’ve experienced at least one of these or have seen a loved one go through it.
Please know that we are here to help. We will work around any concerns you have, and we will not force a certain treatment on you or guilt you into one. We will simply try to help you get the smile you want, one that will let you eat and show off your grin without hesitation.
Many patients choose to replace their teeth with dental implants. Implants fill in gaps, provide the strongest bite strength, and allow you to eat essentially anything you want. They won’t slip around and they won’t come out. They look real and feel real. And they can even last a lifetime with good care.
4. Get a diagnosis for unusual symptoms.
Have you ever seen a strange spot pop up in your mouth? Have you noticed a little bump near a tooth, or red or white patches in your mouth? What about red gums? Dry mouth? Bad breath? Don’t be afraid to call. Your problem could have a simple answer, or it could indicate you need treatment. We can provide an accurate diagnosis for you here. Give us a call if you see anything strange or feel like anything is out of place.
We hope you can see that there are so many ways you can benefit from the dentist. If any of these describe you or someone you love, we hope you’ll call our Boone, NC dentist office today. You can contact us at 828-355-5673 or via online form. And stay tuned to read part two of our blog series!