Dentist in Tyler, TX | Smile Source Communication Meeting

Tyler Dentist, Rick Coker: Smile Source Meeting

The whole team went to the Smile Source headquarters in Kingwood, Texas to take a day-long communication course.  We want to be able to explain a patient’s dental condition in laymen’s terms so the patient will be able to understand what we are talking about.  That way he/she can understand the options and make a more informed decision about any treatment.
Let me explain something to you…

Did you know that there are three ways a person can lose his/her teeth?
1. Decay
2. Gum Disease
3. Fit

As children most of us only knew about decay, but even adults have decay.  Most decay is caused by what you eat and drink (candy, fruit juice, sweetened sodas, etc.) Many times you know you have decay because your tooth hurts or it turns black.

How do you lose your teeth because of gum disease?  Gum disease is an infection in the gums around the roots of your teeth.  As the infection gets worse, it can destroy the bone which holds your teeth in. Symptoms of gum disease usually include puffy gums or bleeding when you floss.  Of course, if you don’t floss you may not even realize you have an infection until you discover a loose tooth.  As an adult, you shouldn’t have loose teeth so you had better get it checked.

Well, how in the world do you lose teeth because of the way your teeth fit together?  Tension, sleep apnea and even ill-fitting dental work can cause your teeth to move and change.  Some teeth may hypererupt (get longer) and bang into the opposite tooth causing damage.  You may grind your teeth while sleeping and not even know it, but suddenly you look in the mirror and find that they are all worn down and damaged.  If you have ever lost a tooth and didn’t get it replaced, the teeth on either side may have grown sideways trying to fill in the space.  Then they get banged by the opposite teeth. All of this trauma, can cause you to lose teeth.

If you want to make sure that you will keep your teeth for a life-time, keep current with your dental appointments.  To make an appointment in Tyler, TX, call Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio at (903) 581-1777.

Dentures

Dentures, Tyler, Texas:  Rick Coker

Tyler Texas DenturesAt The Smile Studio, Dr. Coker creates dentures called Strickland Facelift Dentures.™ Isn’t that a great name? You know exactly what those dentures are supposed to do.
When a person loses all of their teeth and gets a set of dentures, there is bone loss. Many times that’s the reason for the tooth loss.

Periodontal disease causes drastic bone loss and when the bone resorbs, the roots of the teeth no longer have any “soil” to dig into. So even if you have bone loss before you get dentures, you will get even more bone loss after you get the dentures.  Eventually you will get a “sunken-in” face. Your chin and your nose will get closer together as your face begins to collapse.

It’s bad enough to have to wear dentures, but it’s AWFUL when everyone who looks at you knows you have dentures.

In the past, dentures were made to fit the ridge of gum that was left and for those few dentists who were skilled craftsmen in the making of dentures, it was important that they fit so you could eat. Now, with new procedures and techniques in the art of cosmetic dentistry, we have been able to transfer those techniques over to the art of making dentures that don’t look like dentures.

If your bone loss is extremely severe and your ridge is not stable enough to hold the dentures in, we also have learned to place implants. These are small titanium posts that are placed in your jaw bone and when they heal, the screws that are placed in your denture can then be screwed into those posts in your jaw.

Voila’! you not only have a beautiful smile, but you can eat!!

We just returned from a trip to Savannah where we spent a couple of days in a classroom learning all the finest techniques for creating these incredible dentures. In the evenings after class, we got to walk around Savannah, poking into the shops and eating at some wonderful restaurants.

Disclaimer: The Strickland Facelift Dentures™ services are in no way related to Dr. Sam Muslin’s exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® treatment.