Do you have a history of cavities or other issues that have lead to tooth loss? If so, you’re not alone! An estimated 120 million people in the U.S. have lost at least one tooth, which not only impacts their overall oral health, but their self-confidence as well. Not to mention that even just one missing tooth can cause problems that cost more time and money to fix later on. Fortunately, a dentist in Marietta has multiple ways to restore your smile after tooth loss, no matter how many teeth you’re missing. Learn more below about the effects of tooth loss and how dental implants can be used to minimize them!
How Can Tooth Loss Lead To Other Problems?
Many people don’t realize the consequences of losing teeth until they experience it. Here are some of the potential problems:
- Difficulty eating and speaking comfortably.
- When teeth are pulled, the jaw bone in that area begins to shrink, which changes the facial structure and leads to an aged appearance.
- Other teeth start to move or tip forward to “fill” the empty space. These teeth are more susceptible to gum problems and cavities.
- Loss of self-confidence or covering your mouth when smiling or laughing.
How Can You Restore Your Smile?
Before restorative work can be done to replace missing teeth, any current problems such as cavities on your existing teeth must be addressed first. Then dental implants can be used in conjunction with either a bridge or denture.
A bridge is a type of dental restoration that “bridges” the gap created by a missing tooth. A traditional bridge uses two natural teeth on either side as anchors for a replacement tooth in between.
But, with an implant-retained bridge, one anchor is actually created by a single dental implant. This makes it possible to replace 2-3 missing teeth with just one implant.
Implants are a great way to improve the retention, stability, and support of a full or partial denture and prevent it from becoming loose. In many cases, just 4 implants per arch are needed to anchor a denture and provide better chewing power.
There are 2 main types of implant-retained dentures:
- Fixed denture – This type of denture is fixed or “bolted” to implants through titanium components. Only a dentist can remove this type of denture.
- Removable implant overdenture – This type of denture essentially “snaps” onto implants. It can still be taken out, but, since it won’t move or shift around, you won’t need nearly as much denture adhesive or glue as usual.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth due to a history of dental problems, an implant-retained restoration is a wonderful solution because it will look and feel more natural than any other option.
If you’d like to know more, the first step is scheduling a consultation. After a dentist has assessed your needs and goals, they’ll be able to recommend the best treatment plan for restoring your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Neely Davis Thornton is an award-winning general and restorative dentist who is dedicated to helping her patients enjoy both oral health and overall wellness. She knows how much tooth loss impacts someone’s quality of life and often recommends dental implants because they’re the next best thing to natural teeth. If you have any questions about restorative dentistry, she can be contacted via her website.