Most people aren’t born with perfect teeth – far from yet. Yet over the course of the last decade, the appearance of our smile seems to be more important than ever before. People who have teeth that are white, with a uniform shape, size and overall appearance are generally believed to be more attractive, healthier, and more successful in both their professional and personal lives.

Tooth loss is an unavoidable part of life. Despite our best efforts to maintain a robust oral hygiene routine in a bid to keep our natural teeth as long as possible, almost all of us will lose at least one permanent tooth in our lifetime. Statistics shared by the American College of Prosthodontists found that 36 million Americans do not have any teeth and around 120 million are missing at least one tooth. Experts agree that this number is almost certainly going to increase in the coming years.

Toothaches are considered one of the most painful physical experiences a human can endure. It seems like toothaches always strike at the most inopportune times, like the middle of the night or other times outside of the dentist’s regular office hours.

A lot of patients avoid going to the dentist out of fear that it will be painful. Like other forms of medicine, dentistry uses anesthetics to ease discomfort during dental treatments, like routine cavity fillings or root canals. However, some patients are more sensitive to routine dental treatments and even dental cleanings, in which we recommend sedation dentistry to complement local anesthetics.

With proper care, dental crowns can last a long time. Some patients report that they are able to retain their crowns for as long as 15 years, thanks to a robust routine of cleaning and being careful with what they eat and how they floss. Nevertheless, crowns are not designed to last forever and chances are, if you have a crown, it will need to be replaced at some point in your future.