How Smoking and Genetics Affect the Success of Your Dental Treatments
Maintaining a bright and healthy smile takes more than just brushing twice a day. While brushing plays an important role in oral health, studies have found that other factors can negatively impact treatment outcomes when dental intervention is necessary. Knowing these factors and understanding their role in dental health will keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come.
One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to educate yourself on common risk factors and the best dental treatments available for both improvement and protection. At Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Broome is a leading expert on the latest innovative treatments in cosmetic dentistry and can improve the long-term outcomes for our patients who need specialized dental care.
Factors That Affect the Success of Dental Treatments
Just as certain lifestyle factors can affect our overall health, there are specific behaviors that can negatively impact the success of our oral health and dental treatments. Some of the lifestyle factors that can reduce the success of dental procedures include:
Cavities, also known as tooth decay are permanently damaged areas of the tooth that create tiny holes or openings. There are varied symptoms of cavities, depending on the location and severity. These symptoms include:
Sharp pain or an unexpected toothache that lacks an apparent cause
Pain in tooth when eating foods that are hot, cold or sweet
Visible holes or pits in your tooth
Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth
Pain when you bite down or chew
A study published in Frontiers in Medicine found that smoking contributed to the failure of dental fillings which is the most common treatment for cavities. Not only do these findings identify smoking as a risk factor that negatively impacts dental fillings but it also points towards the need to have the latest in cosmetic dental fillings in order to have the best outcomes. Smoking has many negative affects on our tooth health.
For example, at Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, when filling cavities, Dr. Broome uses the Waterlase iPlus laser system, which effectively kills all the bacteria in the cavity and helps clean out the damaged tooth structure. Dr. Broome then rebuilds the tooth with a durable tooth-colored filling material that helps prevent future decay and protects the tooth long-term.
Alcohol consumption is another lifestyle behavior that has been shown to negatively impact the success of dental procedures like dental implants. A study published in Contemporary Clinical Dentistry found that even one alcoholic drink during the 72 hours after dental implant treatment can trigger avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply, which can cause the dental implant procedure to fail.
Careful planning is essential for beautiful results with dental implants. Dr. Broome has the training and expertise necessary to plan from the desired results and work backward to help determine the ideal position for the implant(s). Dental implants are a good choice for patients who have one or more missing teeth and have enough healthy gum and bone tissue available to support an implant.
Unfortunately, our genetics can also lead to poor dental health, which can contribute to tooth decay and cracked or decaying teeth. Research findings published in the Journal for Evidence Based Dental Practice found that genetic factors contribute to a patient’s risk of dental issues including gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The best way to combat the risk our genetics play in poor dental health and treatment outcomes is by receiving the most advanced treatments when intervention is required. For example, chipped or cracked teeth are a common dental issue requiring treatment. The two best chipped teeth treatments are porcelain crowns or laminate veneers. Porcelain crowns are a perfect chipped tooth treatment for patients who have a large volume of tooth structure that has been damaged.
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental laminates, are another great choice to help rebuild the strength and durability of chipped teeth with natural-looking results. At Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve streamlined the dental veneer process giving our patients beautiful results in just one or two visits.
Dental laminates offer patients many benefits including:
Porcelain veneers are custom-made for each patient’s unique needs
Require minimal tooth surface removal
Provide natural-looking results to match your teeth
Long-lasting results, between 10-20 years
Whether you have risks to your oral health that are genetic or as a result of lifestyle behaviors such as your diet, it’s important to maintain a regular oral health regimen that includes twice-yearly check-ups with your dentist. Not only will your dentist provide you with comprehensive cleanings but will give you access to the latest advancements in dental technology to help improve the long-term health of your smile.
Contact the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
With a comprehensive consultation at Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help reduce the risks that your lifestyle and genetics may play on your oral health using the most advanced techniques in cosmetic dentistry to help protect or restore your smile. Contact Dr. Broome and his team to schedule your appointment in Charlotte today.
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Such a great vibe with a supportive environment including but not limited to a wealth of knowledge, expert customer service and compassion for the service provided. I was treated like a great friend of the family while visiting the office for consultation.
Everyone is really friendly and glad to answer a million questions (because that’s about how many I asked). The environment is comfy, even as someone who hates the dentist office this experience was pretty pleasant for me.
Dr. Broome and his staff are personable and professional. They are genuinely concerned about creating a pleasant and comfortable environment for you at each visit. Everyone in the office is experienced and knowledgeable. They were highly recommended to me and exceeded all my expectations! Whether your goals are to improve or maintain your dental care, have dental work performed and without fear or seek cosmetic dentistry, you will not be disappointed with Dr. Broome and his great staff!
The comfort and care that is extended to the patient tops the charts. I couldn’t ask for a better place to go for dental care. Exceptional one on one during your first visit. I will recommend this practice to all of my friends.
Dr. Broome is exceptional – he is very detailed oriented, genuinely cares and has always put my needs at the forefront of every visit! The staff is amazing. I find them to be personable, courteous, friendly and extremely professional!! Everyone makes you feel comfortable and takes a personal interest in you. I highly recommend Dr. Broome and his staff for any dental needs that you have!
From the moment you step in the door you are completely at ease. Dr. Broome and his staff are so patient and listen to all of your worries and concerns. They answer any questions and explain the entire process in detail. This has been the most amazing dental experience I have ever had
Dr. Broome and his staff are amazing at what they do! I had four of my teeth replaced with implants after I was in an accident, and they look amazing! I could not be happier with the work and service I received!
I needed a ton of “help” because of how long I let dental problems slide. They came up with a plan that took finances and my own comfort into account. Now, I smile in public. I speak clearer because I am not subconsciously hiding my teeth. I eat better, because now I can. My overall health is better as a result and that is showing in my everyday life.
Dr Broome and his team pay close attention to detail and make every effort to make their patients as comfortable as possible.Dr Broome is constantly getting educated on the cutting edge techniques and innovations in dentistry. They take excellent care of me!
The perfect environment for dental services. The super friendly and professional staff make you feel at ease. They always have the newest technology to make treatments and maintenance easy. I have been going here for many years and highly recommend them!
I cracked a tooth yesterday and when I was told I needed a crown I just wanted to run. I was expecting some pain or discomfort but absolutely none! I simply relaxed and enjoyed the headphones with spa music, warm blanket, comfy dental chair and absolutely fantastic dental team!
Thank you Dr. Broom and his staff! I am overwhelmed by your compassion, care and amazing talent! Special thanks to Laney, you have “held” my hand every step of the way. Heather my heartfelt thanks for your amazing and loving care!
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