After a period of time the bridges loosened, becoming embarrassing, very uncomfortable and painful, causing Mr. Zanetti to be extremely careful about his food choices- eating only what he thought could be chewed easily. This caused his diet, his health, and his demeanor to suffer.
Mr. Zanetti had heard positive comments from his friends who had implants, so he decided to explore the possibility of having the procedure. After years of suffering with physical and emotional discomfort, and the fear of embarrassment of his bridges dislodging and shifting while he was speaking, he finally went to the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s dental clinic.
“I decided to have implants and it’s a decision I’ve never regretted,” said Mr. Zanetti. “It has changed my life on so many levels. I can now eat a much healthier diet, my cholesterol levels have gone down, and it’s greatly reduced my fear of embarrassment. It’s been a major transformation, and I smile a lot more.”
In the year 2000, the surgeon general issued the first Report on Oral Health, linking oral health to general health, saying that risk factors for oral and systemic disease are often the same, and that most dental diseases are preventable. Researchers have found that periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss, is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Pregnant women who have this gum disease may be at increased risk for delivering pre-term and/or low birth weight babies.
There is evidence that some people with diabetes can develop a severe form of periodontitis, and those who smoke or use alcohol are also at an increased risk of this disease and a number of other health conditions, including oral cancer.
To find out more about maintaining good oral health, tune in to watch Medical Update on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. and hear Ronald Burakoff, DMD, Chairman of Dental Medicine at North Shore University Hospital & LIJ Medical Center and William Stewart, DDS, Chief of General Dentistry at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. The program airs on WLNY-TV, which can be seen on Channel 10 on Long Island Cablevision and on Verizon FiOs TV, and on Channel 55 on Time Warner Cable in the City of New York, and on DirecTV and DishTV.
Contact: Elaine Wohl