Options for Missing Teeth

added on: September 17, 2018

New Teeth–New Smile!

Are you missing teeth? As distressing and overwhelming as it may feel at first, you are not alone. Over 20 million people in the United States have lost some or all of their teeth to wear, decay, gum disease, illness, or an accident.

And missing teeth don’t just affect the appearance of your smile – they can affect your oral, overall, and emotional health.

  • Remaining teeth can shift and unbalance your bite
  • You may develop TMJ disorder
  • Jawbone can be lost
  • Gums can become inflamed or infected and lead to whole-body inflammation and other health problems
  • Eating can become difficult and lead to vitamin deficiencies
  • Self-esteem and confidence can be damaged leading to isolation or other social issues

Tuscarora Family Dental Care in Martinsburg can help. We think our friends and neighbors deserve to enjoy total health and confidence with our outstanding tooth replacement options.

Dental Implants – The Superior Choice

Our first recommendation for patients with missing teeth is always dental implants. Not only can dental implants custom-replace any amount of teeth from a single tooth to a full smile– beautifully and naturally – dental implants replace your roots. And while that may not sound very exciting, it actually is an incredible advancement in tooth replacement dentistry.

Those uncelebrated roots are the quiet heroes that have kept your jawbone stimulated and healthy almost all of your life, encouraging a flow of nutrients every time you bite down or chew. Jawbones need stimulation and exercise just like all the other bones in your body!

So why is jawbone so important? Sure, jawbones allow you to move your mouth, speak, and chew, but they also support your face! Every time you lose a tooth, you also lose a root and with that loss comes facial sagging, wrinkles, especially around the lips, and a hollow, caved-in look that so many edentulous people suffer with.

Implants are the only dental procedure that replaces the function of your tooth roots and helps stop jawbone resorption. What’s more, dental implants can hold a variety of restorations from single crowns to bridges, partials, and dentures with no slipping, pinching, or denture-face. These implant-retained prosthetics are held so firmly and comfortably in place, you will never need dental adhesives again.

In fact, if you are a candidate for implant supported dentures, you may spend a lot of time forgetting that those dentures aren’t your own teeth. They really are that secure and comfortable. Many of our patients report that they are able to eat food they never thought they would eat again. They can even help renew your romantic life because there is no worry that these dentures will come loose or slip out of place when you laugh, eat, or even kiss – and no dentures soaking in a bedside glass – just a smile you can count on all day and all night.

What If I Don’t Qualify for Dental Implants?

Unfortunately, some people are not able to receive dental implants for a variety of reasons including advanced bone resorption. That’s when we recommend our removable prosthetics such as partial or full dentures.

Usually, when someone has dentures, you know it. Their cheeks can look sunken and their lips compressed. Sometimes the teeth of the dentures look flat and opaque, or they just look too short for the wearer’s face. Worse yet, dentures are sometimes so ill-fitting, they don’t let one eat or speak with confidence.

Dentures from Tuscarora Family Dental Care do more than just fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. We measure our patient’s bite and make sure that the dentures will fit properly, balance the jaw and face, and feel secure and utterly comfortable. And of course, our cosmetically-trained dentists will work with you so that your dentures are also aesthetically pleasing with the right tooth shape and length to make you look youthful and have the correct shading and translucency, so they mimic natural teeth.

In addition, if you need a partial or you are ready to replace old, uncomfortable partial dentures, our flexible dentures offer a whole new experience in denture wear. (Read more here.)

So go ahead and smile, eat your favorite foods, and rekindle your romance, with Martinsburg’s go-to tooth replacement providers at Tuscarora Family Dental Care.

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