Adult tooth loss can greatly impact the health, function, and structure of the mouth. While even the loss of a single tooth, or just a few teeth, can compromise oral functions and threaten the support of the adjacent teeth, these problems are multiplied when tooth loss is severe. In addition to general dentistry services to preserve oral health, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger Jr. offers his patients restorative dental care to address tooth loss and restore strength, function, and beauty to the smile. Dentures candidates at our Knoxville practice are those who are dealing with extreme tooth loss, which would include those who have lost all of their teeth, or those with the majority of their teeth missing.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
Let’s be honest. Dentures have a bit of a bad reputation. Patients who have extreme tooth loss often shudder at the idea of having to get dentures. With stories of ill-fitted dentures that pop out of a patient’s mouth as the result of an overly ambitious laugh, cough, or sneeze, many patients probably wonder, “Are dentures really right for me?” Well, the truth is that dentures have come a long way and are one of the best restorative treatment options for those patients who have lost a complete set of teeth, an entire arch of teeth, or the majority of their teeth.
Patients who are looking for a comfortable and secure fit from their artificial teeth will find what they are looking for in dentures. With modern technology, dentures are now measured and fit to meet the exact specifications of each patient’s mouth. This ensures that dentures will fit comfortably without rubbing or irritating the gum line and other soft tissues of the mouth. Not only that, but dentures will fit securely, leaving patients free to laugh, speak, chew, and eat without the fear of shifting, sliding dentures. Those looking for added security can also consider dental implants, surgically implanted posts that act as anchors for restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
If oral functions are a concern for patients, dentures are, once again, an excellent option. Dentures replace up to an entire mouth of missing teeth, and allow patients to restore oral functions. With dentures in place, patients will be able to chew and eat comfortably and will likely see an improvement in speech.
Finally, dentures are right for those patients who are concerned with the appearance of their smile. While a single lost tooth might be easy to conceal, when major tooth loss has occurred, there is no hiding it. Dentures replace all those missing teeth to give patients back an attractive smile that they won’t want to hide.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have suffered from significant tooth loss and you are wondering if dentures are right for you, chances are that you can benefit from this restorative dentistry treatment. If you’d like to learn more about dentures and your choices regarding tooth loss treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas G. Zarger Jr. at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!