Restorative services refer to dental procedures performed to repair areas already damaged by disease, trauma, bacteria, age, or other such factors. When disease or damage occurs in your mouth, we at Hometown Dentistry must diagnose and analyze your situation, and then discuss with you the options that modern dentistry has available to restore your oral health and functionality.
Tooth Loss and Your Health
Losing teeth takes a toll on our oral health and our emotional wellness. We use our teeth every day. They assist with oral function and proper enunciation. Without them, people have difficulty speaking properly and eating.
While the obvious problem with tooth loss is the negative effects it has on one’s appearance, other issues tooth loss presents affect one’s overall health. Patients with multiple missing teeth can suffer with malnutrition due to an inability to eat certain foods. Tooth loss also has psychological effects such as depression and social anxiety.
Without teeth, we will lose vital tissue like bone mass in the jaw because our bodies will resorb inactive and unstimulated bone. Losing bone will affect the health of the TMJs and any existing biological teeth. It also changes facial structure by making lips and cheeks appear sunken in.
While various forms of dentures have been used for centuries, today’s dentures are incredibly lifelike. This is due to advancements in dental technology and the materials used to create them. Modern dentures are made from pink-tinted acrylics to blend seamlessly into the gums and porcelain to mimic the appearance and functionality of biological teeth.
There are two types of dentures. One type, full dentures, is used to replace all the teeth in an arch. The second type, partials, is used to replace missing teeth within an arch to fill in gaps neighboring existing biological teeth.
Creating dentures is a highly customized process that begins with a consultation with Dr. Weakley. Molds (impressions) of the mouth are taken to determine the exact dimensions of dentures. Trained technicians will then use these specifications to create dentures that accommodate the unique oral anatomy of a patient.
Implant Supported Dentures
Even though modern dentures far surpass prosthetics of the past, they still have limitations. Conventional dentures only replace tooth structure above the surface of the gums, not the roots of teeth. This issue can be remedied by embedding dental implants into the jawbone. Implant supported dentures increase oral function and the longevity of dentures by preventing bone atrophy. By anchoring dentures to implants, patients can enjoy greater oral function because their replacement teeth are stabilized beneath the gums.
Our practice understands that tooth loss is a traumatic experience and we approach treatment with compassion. If you have suffered from tooth loss, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our caring and experienced dentist, Dr. Weakley.
Permanent dentures are prosthetics that attach to dental implants. Rather than being removed for cleaning and overnight soaking, permanent dentures stay in place. They are brushed and cared for as one would take care of natural teeth.
Permanent dentures are advantageous because they will not move during oral function and they are easier to maintain because they are fixed in place by dental implants. Patients with permanent dentures enjoy well-rounded diets because their prosthetic teeth will not move when chewing and biting food.
An additional benefit to wearing permanent dentures is the fact that dental implants will help people retain bone structure. Implants keep bone stimulated; therefore, reducing the risk of bone atrophy. Losing bone, a common issue among edentulous patients, can make the cheeks and mouth appear “sunken in” - a problem that can make a person look older than one should.
The cost of dentures varies from person to person depending on the type of insurance coverage one has as well as whether preliminary treatment like tooth extractions are necessary prior to being fitted for dentures.
Making dentures is a very individualized service. Our dentist will take molds of your mouth so that your dentures will fit perfectly over your gums and inside your mouth. These molds will be used to determine the specifications that dental laboratory technicians will use to create your new teeth. The customized nature of fabricating dentures is reflected in their price. If you have questions about costs, our staff can assist you after your consultation with our dentist. As a courtesy to our patients, we will file insurance claims on your behalf.