A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
People who have lost multiple teeth may experience several negative consequences. Lost teeth can affect your ability to digest your food properly. Thorough mastication helps ensure that food is broken down sufficiently to continue proper digestion as it travels through the digestive system.
In addition, lost teeth can impact a person's self-esteem. Many people with missing teeth are reluctant to smile or laugh in public. They may cover their teeth with their hand or hold their head down as they smile.
Also, lost teeth can cause the jawbone to atrophy. Each jawbone must receive regular stimulation in order to remain thick and strong.
The stimulation comes from the pressure that the teeth incur as they bite and chew. This pressure passes through the teeth to the bone. As the bone receives the pressure, the bone responds by creating new cells.
Nevertheless, regardless of the problems that can develop from lost teeth, there are dental applications that can be used to replace the missing teeth. Here are a few of them.
Dental bridges are applications that can replace one or more missing teeth. The bridges include false teeth and bridge crowns. The false teeth replace the teeth that are lost, and the crowns connect the bridge to the mouth.
The crowns cover the natural teeth or the dental implants that are adjacent to the space produced by the missing teeth. The abutment teeth or dental implants provide enough support to stabilize the dental bridge in place.
Dentures are also used to replace missing teeth. A full denture is used when a whole palate of teeth is missing. However, a partial denture is used when some natural teeth still remain in the palate.
Dentures can be held in the mouth by the natural suction of the mouth and dental adhesive. However, some dentures are implant-supported. They contain a mechanical device their underside to attach them to connectors on the dental implants.
In addition to supporting other devices, dental implants can be paired with dental crowns to replace individual lost teeth. The implants, which are drilled into the bone of the jaw, heal into position. After the implant wound has healed sufficiently, an abutment is placed on the device. The abutment is used to connect the implant to the dental crown.
If you have one or more missing teeth, contact services such as Scott W. Murphy, D.M.D., P.A. to discuss your teeth-replacement options.