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The Long-Term Consequences of Tooth Loss

February 27, 2018
Posted By: NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry
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If you ask any dentist in the 70056 area of Louisiana about how tooth loss impacts patients, they will likely have a lot to say about why it is essential to save teeth whenever possible. They will likely also mention how important it is to replace missing teeth with a bridge, dental implant, or denture to protect the oral health of the patient.

Consequences of Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth or multiple teeth has a bigger impact than just leaving gaps in your smile. While the appearance of your smile can cause negative feelings about how you look or can impact your self-esteem, the health consequences are also something to consider.

Bone loss – Tooth loss causes the bone that once supported the tooth to deteriorate. This destabilizes the foundation of bone that supports your remaining teeth.
Shifting teeth – A gap in your smile leaves room for teeth to shift and change how your teeth come together. This can make chewing uncomfortable or even expose sensitive roots.
Limited dietary choices – Missing teeth reduce the number of food options you have. In the Gretna and New Orleans area, this is an especially personal sacrifice because the delicious cuisine of our area is such an integral part of our culture and every social event.

What Has Changed with Modern Dentures

If you need dentures, you do not have to worry about false looking teeth. Dr. Russell Schafer is an expert when it comes to dentures because he is passionate about helping our patients enjoy excellent oral health and their favorite foods with modern dentures that look natural and fit comfortably.

Dentures are no longer generic looking.

Dentures of the past offered patients one choice, meaning the final results looked generic. Today’s denture teeth come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and lengths for a good match with your facial structure and skin tone.

Implants can stabilize shifting dentures.

If you have difficulty with denture fit, four to six dental implants can lock dentures in place. As a bonus, they also help prevent bone loss.

Partial dentures blend in with your smile.

If partial dentures are in your future, you can count on them looking like your natural teeth not like something that stands out.

For a dentist in 70056 who will help you retain your natural teeth or replace missing teeth, give NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry a call.

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