Recently I Googled “Benefits of Modern Dentistry” to help give me some ideas in writing this paper. What I found was very interesting. Instead of finding what I would consider benefits of modern dentistry were lots of features of modern dentistry. For example, I read about porcelain veneers and bonding and tooth whitening. In short, I found almost nothing about Sanford Barr, DDS & Marianne Diachenko, DDS – Dentistry Chicago the benefits of increased confidence and self-esteem.
I also read about the use of lasers and antibiotics and mechanical toothbrushes for the treatment of gum disease yet nothing about the benefits of increased health and therefore peace of mind, knowing that a person is now much more likely to keep their teeth for a lifetime than even just a few years ago.
Another reason for peace of mind with treating gum disease is the fact that more and more studies are showing links between gum disease and heart disease and other aspects of your health. So treating gum disease gives peace of mind to a host of aspects besides just keeping your natural teeth and avoiding dentures.
I also read about new treatments like implants so that if you do happen to lose a tooth or teeth, they can be replaced by something that is very predictable and long lasting. Implants don’t get tooth decay which is one of the main reasons why teeth are lost in the first place. So another reason why modern dentistry can improve the quality of someone’s life and give them hope for the future.
For many people modern dentistry, through prevention, can actually save them time and save them money–two more benefits. Let me explain. Imagine how much money and time you could save if you were going to get 10 cavities over the next 10 years but we were able to prevent 8 of them with the combination of:
1. Regular checkups
2. Good home care with brushing and flossing
3. Good diet control avoiding refined sugars
4. Fluoride supplements that combine with the teeth to make them more resistant to decay.
Many people, when they think about dentistry, think about how costly it is. And I will be the first to agree that getting bad teeth fixed up can be very pricey. On the other hand, if you have healthy teeth and gums and bone, it is not very expensive to keep them that way. So in a sense, dentistry is not expensive. Neglect is expensive.
So to summarize the features of modern dentistry I would include cosmetic dentistry with veneers, bonding, whitening, invisalign (clear braces), implants, lasers, sleep dentistry with sedation, botox, anti-snoring devices, better preventive techniques, better treatment of TMJ and bite issues including elimination of some types of headaches, fluorescent lights for earlier detection of oral cancer, and better treatment of gum disease.
In my opinion, the real benefits of modern dentistry include better quality of life and sense of health and well-being, improved confidence and self-esteem, better function and comfort, and long term savings of time and money.