What do you say to patients who have concerns about dental x-rays?
Many dental patients come to West Park Dental convinced that they are too old to have dental implants. I respond by asking a 70-year-old patient, for example, if they feel old and I ask about their overall health. When they say they do not consider themselves to be old and that they are in good health, then I remind them that they could live for another 20 or 25 years. Their quality of life could improve and be sustained for the duration if they have dental implants.
We discuss how important it is to have comfortable, functioning teeth—to be able to enjoy food and not have dentures that are removed and put back in on a daily basis. Today we have dental implant technology available that we can provide to the patient. I give the patient open ended questions to think about and I listen to their responses, before telling them what we can actually do for them and what it would take to accomplish their goals. It is up to the patient to decide if they would like to take advantage of this technology or not at this point in their lives, and the dental implant benefit message resonates very well with patients.
Age, as a solitary factor, would not stop somebody from having implants. The oldest patients that had implants placed at West Park Dental was 93 years old and she is doing very well, two years later. At the time she was very active and still dating—God bless her—and she certainly did not want to be concerned about her denture coming out of her mouth unexpectedly. This was the vanity side of her that chose to take advantage of modern dental technology and she went ahead with dental implant placement. This patient made a very good choice.
Dr. Michael E. Gallagher
West Park Dental
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The first thing most people notice about you is your smile. Advances in cosmetic dental care have made it possible for a dentist with the right training, qualifications and expertise to completely redesign your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctors at West Park Dental use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
X-rays are used for diagnostic purposes, and to protect the patient from oral health problems that could arise—or are currently present—which would not be discovered without the use of this important diagnostic tool.