Prosthetic Treatment for Tooth Loss
Prosthetic Treatment for Tooth Loss Losing teeth can be traumatizing!
Gum disease and dental decay are major causes of tooth loss. This tooth loss may have debilitating effects such as bone loss, difficulty eating and speaking and loss of one’s self esteem. Dr. Osterbauer is highly skilled in helping patients find the right solution for tooth loss, reclaim a youthful smile and improve ability to chew and speak comfortably.
Having gum disease doesn’t automatically mean dentures are inevitable. If caught early, the care plan may be as simple as teeth cleaning at the dental office and continued oral care at home. Regular visits are important for catching the warning signs early and helping patients to restore tooth health and retain one’s natural teeth.
What are My Tooth-replacement Options?
There are, however, instances where a tooth or multiple teeth are damaged or lost due to dental disease, severe malnutrition, genetic defects, trauma, or drug use. When this occurs, there are a number of solutions to be considered for tooth replacement. Replacement of missing teeth is known as prosthetic treatment. Removable partial dentures are often used for patients who are missing some or many of their teeth on a particular arch. Partial dentures tend to be held in place by attaching to the remaining natural teeth and resting on the gums. Another option, Fixed partial dentures or “bridges,” are fitted on teeth surrounding missing spaces. They are more stable than removable appliances but require healthy neighboring teeth on which to anchor and cannot replace as many teeth as removable partial dentures can. A third option is dental implants. For some patients, these are a fine option. Be aware, however, that these tend to be more involved and more expensive due to their surgical nature.
Complete dentures are needed by patients who have no serviceable teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) arch or both arches. They use the residual ridge of the jaw, muscular coordination and suction to stay in place. If there is little residual bone present, this can create a challenge for providing stable dentures. In this case, strategically placed implants can provide a very secure fit for the dentures.
For many patients, one or more of these solutions are reasonable options. When it is indicated, we will create attractive, well-fitting dentures. Enjoy the many benefits in chewing ability, improved natural appearance, better ease of speaking and a boost to your self-esteem as you experience the just right answer to your tooth loss!
Contact Us to Schedule a Prosthetic Evaluation If you would like to learn more about your tooth replacement solutions, schedule a free consultation to speak with Dr. Osterbauer give us a call, 612-781-9270.
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