Dr. Peter Evans graduated from high school right here in Williamsburg, VA before meeting the challenge of preparing for a career as a dentist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at East Carolina University, then conducted cancer research for the National Institute of Health. Dr. Evans completed graduate school at Medical College of Virginia, receiving a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and Immunology. His career path continued at that institution, where he earned the title of Doctor of Dental Surgery. In addition to excelling as a student, Dr. Evans served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Evans has achieved the elite designation as Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Committed to knowledge sharing for the advancement of dentistry, Dr. Evans coaches other dental professionals. He teaches practice management and efficiency at a local and national level. Additionally, he lectures professionally on the topic of BioCompatible dental care. He is a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and President of The BioCompatible Difference, LLC.
Can Dental Implants Improve My Health?
Your teeth are important. I don’t need to tell you this. But just how important? Well, when mammals lose their teeth, do you know what happens? They will die! Humans are the only mammals that can fabricate little pink and white plastic bits that can substitute for teeth.
Wearing dentures can reduce life expectancy by 10 years. This is because it’s difficult to have a heart healthy diet. Implant supported dentures are turning this around. Implant supported dentures are strong and allow you to eat most anything you like.
Bio-Ceramic Dental Implants
Implants are a versatile option for tooth replacement.
- Stand-alone – In a precisely planned procedure, an implant is placed into jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. Over time, bone fuses with the implant, creating a secure foundation for a dental crown, that helps to avoid deterioration of bone.
- As part of a bridge – Implants can support a bridge when there are no natural teeth. This option is great for missing back teeth.
- To support a denture – As few as four dental implants dramatically improve the stability of a denture. The denture is made with special attachment points that snap over implants. As an added benefit, an implant-retained upper denture does not cover the palate. It is lighter and more comfortable, allowing natural temperature and taste sensation.
Dental crowns are an effective way to protect a broken tooth or safeguard a tooth from potential disaster. Crowns allow you to chew on a tooth without the fear of it breaking in half down to the nerve.
Big fillings are the culprits. Fillings that are only 20% of the tooth are very safe. You still have 80% of the tooth left to chew on and more than enough tooth left to protect the filling. Big fillings that are 55 or 65% of the tooth only leave 35% of your natural tooth left to chew on and protect the big filling. Big fillings are weak and they break. Many times, there’s just not enough tooth left to put a new filling in. That’s the time the tooth needs a crown.
Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don’t know why.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes – even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people the wisdom teeth emerge through the gums and have enough room to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise. Routine x-rays during a dental exam can reveal if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.