Have you ever lost something that was really precious to you?
As a child, this may have a been a special toy. As an adult, it may be something that can’t be replaced.
It could also be something important to your health — like your teeth.
We’ve seen how tooth loss affects many patients on many levels, including emotionally, at our Huntsville, AL practice. When you are missing your teeth, it can have a big impact on your confidence and your quality of life.
Jennifer Perkins, DDS, and our team in Huntsville, AL want you to enjoy your life as much as possible. Having a healthy mouth can be a tremendous help in making that possible.
Our full-mouth reconstruction can help you rebuild your smile and more. If you are missing one tooth or all your teeth, we can help. We want to help.
But before we can, you need to take the first step. You need to call 256-801-0002 to schedule an appointment with us.
Tooth Loss Is Pretty Common
It is possible to keep your teeth all your life. With a good oral care routine, which should include regular dental cleanings and exams, you are less likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease. Both of those can lead to bigger problems that could cost you some teeth.
Even if you somehow avoid those issues, you still may experience an accident or injury that damages a tooth so it must be removed or knocks out some teeth.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the average American adult is missing multiple teeth. Americans 65 years and older are missing an average of nearly 10 teeth.
Regardless of the reason you may be missing a tooth or teeth, our team is never going to judge you. Our goal is to help you replace your teeth. We want you to feel good about sharing your smile. We also want you to be able to eat all the foods that you love.
Why Dentures Don’t Do It All
We understand that dentures are widely used by millions of Americans. We also have a pretty good reason to believe that millions of Americans are frustrated at least some of the time with those dentures as well.
You didn’t need any adhesive to keep natural, healthy teeth in place. You don’t worry that natural teeth could get pulled out if you take a bite of an apple. And people with healthy teeth don’t worry about whether their jaws will become sore if they try to eat a steak.
Conventional dentures can look incredibly realistic. They also allow you to eat many more foods than you could if you didn’t have them.
But that doesn’t make them complete teeth replacements, either.
Without something to replace the roots of your missing teeth, your dentures can and will slide around. Sometimes this happens at awkward or unexpected times.
Fortunately, there is a dental service that can take the place of your roots … and you can get it at our office.
Implants Make Your New Teeth Stronger
Dental implants have changed what is possible in teeth replacement. Implants take the place of the roots of your missing teeth. As such, they do some really important things that improve the performance of your dental restorations, including dentures.
The first modern implants were placed in the mouth of a patient in the 1960s. This may not have happened if not for an accidental discovery by Swedish physician Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark.
While doing research on blood circulation, Dr. Brånemark inserted titanium cylinders in the bones of rabbits. He planned to remove and reuse these cylinders as needed. Instead, he found that the bone bonded directly to with the titanium. He used that knowledge and assembled a team to develop dental implants.
The world of restorative dentistry is better because he did. Since then, other people have improved on the design of implants, making them even better than they were before.
With implants, your dentures don’t slip and slide around. You also don’t need denture adhesive to keep them in place. You can eat anything you want without worrying that your teeth might get pulled out or your jaw might be sore by the end of your meal.
And implants do one more very important thing. They stimulate your jawbone to make new bone tissue. That prevents bone loss that often occurs with conventional dentures. That new tissue keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
Implants Help More Than Just Dentures
Having implant-supported dentures is great for people missing a complete row of teeth. Implants give them confidence that they can speak, eat, and smile without losing their new teeth.
But what if you still have some of your natural teeth? Can implants help you, too?
They certainly can.
Implant-supported crowns and bridges also are part of our services.
If you are missing a single tooth, you may start to lose bone in that part of your jaw. This gap also can allow other teeth to “drift” in your mouth. That can affect your smile and your bite, and it may increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are missing multiple teeth, these problems affect a bigger area of your jaw.
By getting an implant to support a crown or implants to support a bridge, you have a teeth replacements that are good for your jaw and your smile.
Let’s Get Started on Your New Smile
If you have been living without any number of teeth, then it’s time to replace them. If you are frustrated with your loose-fitting dentures, then it’s time to talk to us about full-mouth reconstruction.
Many patients have come to us from Huntsville, AL and the surrounding area to rebuild their teeth. It makes us feel good to help them smile again.
Dr. Perkins and the rest of our team want you to feel great about your teeth again. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online today. Schedule a consultation to learn how implants could help you or someone you love.