Posts for tag: Tooth Loss

By Smart Family Dental Care
May 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Loss  
ToothLossAHealthRiskforOlderAdults

Tooth loss is a problem that affects many seniors—and since May is Older Americans Month, this is a good time to talk about it. Did you know that more than a quarter of adults over age 75 have lost all of their natural teeth? This not only affects their quality of life but poses a significant health risk.

According to a study in The Journal of Prosthodontics, significant tooth loss is associated with increased risk for malnutrition—and also for obesity. If this seems like a contradiction, consider that when you have few or no teeth, it’s much easier to eat soft, starchy foods of little nutritional value than it is to eat nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. If all of your teeth are missing, it’s especially critical to replace them as soon as possible.

There are several ways to replace a full set of missing teeth, including removable dentures, overdentures, and fixed dentures:

Removable dentures are the classic replacement teeth that you put in during the day and take out at night. (However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, research has found that keeping dentures in at night may help keep the airway open, so if you have this condition, be sure to mention it to your doctor and dentist it). Dentures have come a long way in terms of how convincing they look, but they still have some disadvantages: For one thing, they take some getting used to—particularly while eating. Also, wearing removable dentures can slowly wear away the bone that they rest on. ¬†As that bone gradually shrinks over time, the dentures cease to fit well and require periodic adjustment (re-lining) or a remake.

Overdentures are removable dentures that attach onto a few strategically placed dental implants, which are small titanium posts placed in the bone beneath your gums. Strong and secure, implants prevent the denture from slipping when you wear it. Implants also slow the rate of bone loss mentioned above, which should allow the denture to fit better over a longer period of time. The ability to maintain hygiene is easier because you can remove them for cleaning.

Fixed implant-supported dentures are designed to stay in your mouth all the time, and are the closest thing to having your natural teeth back. An entire row of fixed (non-removable) replacement teeth can usually be held in place by 4-6 dental implants. Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with the type of anesthesia that’s right for you. After implants have been placed and have integrated with your jaw bone—generally after a few months—you can enjoy all of your favorite foods again without worry or embarrassment.

If you would like more information about tooth-replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures” and “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
April 30, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants Offer a Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

Do you have missing teeth? If you do, you may cringe at the thought of dentures as a restorative option. Luckily, we offer dental implants in Norcross to help restore your smile by permanently replacing your missing tooth, or teeth. Before diving into the topic of dental implants, let’s take a look at what happens when you lose a tooth. Dental Implants
 

What Happens When a Tooth is Lost?

When you lose a tooth, especially a back tooth, you may feel you don’t have to replace it. With the saying “out of sight, out of mind,” isn’t that the case? No, this isn’t the case at all. While you cannot see the gap in your smile, there is more bone loss going on under the surface once a tooth is lost. For this reason, people who have lost most of their teeth and do not wear dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths.
 
Other than causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects the remaining teeth as well.  Teeth create a structure for the face, which means the loss of teeth can shift the surrounding teeth, creating esthetic issues and bite problems. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, which creates esthetic issues and bite problems. When several teeth are lost, it is also not uncommon to suffer from social consequences and poor nutrition. If you lose a tooth, it is important to visit our Norcross dentist for further treatment options.
 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent, appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth.  With dental implants in Norcross, you can experience a host of benefits that are better than other alternatives like bridges due to the fact that no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. The key benefit of dental implants over any other tooth replacement is that an implant connects directly to the jaw bone.
 
While this connection is not the same as the original connection, it will function in the same way. By using titanium, which biochemically joins to the bone, to replace the root, you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature. In other words, when you want a permanent smile restoration solution when teeth are missing in Norcross, dental implants are available as your best solution.
 
Contact our dentist in Norcross for more information on dental implants and to schedule your consultation. We will work with you to create an appropriate dental implant treatment plan in Norcross so that you can smile with confidence once again, give us a call or schedule your appointment online now.