Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

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Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak clearly. You may also feel embarrassed about the gap in your smile.

A variety of solutions exist for replacing missing teeth. If you neglect to address tooth loss, your oral and overall health may be in jeopardy.

Is it really necessary to replace missing teeth?

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Tooth Loss Can Have Serious Consequences

Decreased Dental Function

Each of your teeth is essential to proper dental function. One or more missing teeth can affect your bite, which can cause difficulty chewing and result in excessive wear. Additionally, it can affect your speech.

Feelings of Self-Consciousness

Your smile is one of your most notable features. Many patients feel self-conscious when they experience visible gaps in their smile as well as changes in their facial structure. Over time, this can take a significant toll on your confidence.

Escalating Oral Health Issues

Once a single tooth has been lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. As the surrounding hard and soft tissues become less supportive, your other teeth will become loose and eventually fall out.

The Surrounding Tissues Immediately Begin to React

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Certain Habits Can Increase Your Risk

Advanced decay and trauma can cause tooth loss. There are certain factors that may influence your risk: 

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Neglecting routine dental care
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

It is highly recommended that you undergo a dental exam every six months so your doctor can catch harmful conditions, such as cavities, in their earliest stages.

Missing Teeth Typically Occur Due to Disease, Damage & Genetics

Oral Health Issues

Typically, tooth loss is caused by poor oral health which leads to severe cavities or gum disease. These conditions can drastically impact the health of your teeth and the surrounding tissues. 

Dental Trauma

Many patients suffer injuries such as fractured teeth by playing sports, using their teeth to open packages, and other accidents. If the damage is too severe to repair, your tooth may need to be removed

Genetic Conditions

In some cases, teeth never develop due to a genetic condition known as hypodontia. Congenitally missing teeth may occur in the front or rear of the mouth. Although the condition is not preventable, it still requires treatment to minimize the effects.

Millions of Americans Are Missing Teeth & Many Are Investing in Dental Implants

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Approximately 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth and 40 million are completely toothless. Currently, three million patients have replaced their missing teeth with dental implants and another half million undergo treatment each year. Implants offer several benefits over earlier forms of treatment.

*According to the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 

Understanding Your Tooth Replacement Options

There are two types of tooth replacement options: traditional and implant-supported. Traditional restorations include dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. However, these can all be attached to dental implants for greater stability.

Typically, implant-supported restorations are recommended whenever possible because they protect against further jawbone atrophy. During a consultation, your doctor can help determine which method is best for you.

A Doctor Can Help Replace Missing Teeth

If you are missing one or more teeth, or fear your tooth may be at risk of falling out, schedule a consultation as soon as possible with your doctor. An experienced oral health professional can help you plan treatment to protect your health and restore a natural appearance to your smile. 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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