The Consequences of Tooth Loss
The millions of Americans who suffer from tooth loss know that there are both cosmetic and health implications that come with missing teeth. Often, the first thing to change is your appearance, which can lead to a reduced self-esteem and an overall life change. After this initial change, many people with missing teeth can also experience health problems. When a tooth is lost, that area of the alveolar bone is no longer stimulated. This can lead to a reduction in the width, height, and volume of the bone. This can lead to further tooth loss and difficulties with chewing and speaking. Your teeth and bones will not work as well, and eventually, your face may look sunken-in or collapsed.
Fortunately, Dr. Clarence Feller offers great tooth replacement solutions for his patients who want to protect themselves from the issues that missing teeth can cause.
Tooth Loss Solution: Traditional Dentures
A traditional denture is composed of a base piece and a set of teeth. The base is made from a pink plastic that matches your gum tissue, and the teeth may be made up of porcelain or plastic. The denture makes a seal with your gums when you put them in your mouth.
We will take impressions of your mouth and fashion a set of traditional dentures just for you. These dentures will enhance your appearance immensely and give you back your youthful and confident look. After a little bit of practice and allowing your oral tissues to adjust to the dentures, eating and speaking will become much easier than they were without dentures.
Tooth Loss Solution: Implant Supported Dentures
Another option provided to you by Dr. Feller is implant supported dentures. In this case, your dentures will snap into place on top of dental implants. First, the dental implants, which are small titanium rods that function like tooth roots, will be placed surgically into the jawbone. Next, you will receive your implant dentures. Your dentist will click them into place so that you can enjoy a smile that works, feels, and looks like a natural one.
We are eager to restore your fully-functional and attractive smile. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.