Tooth loss as an adult can have resounding effects. Not only can it harm self-confidence, but it can also compromise your overall health and well-being. Whether a tooth falls out from decay, disease or an accident, it will leave behind a gap that is a magnet for harmful bacteria. The bacteria can spread into periodontitis, or gum disease. The other teeth in your mouth are affected as they begin to shift toward the gap, trying to minimize the space, which can cause bite problems.
As you can see, it’s best to have a missing tooth replaced as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with an experienced periodontist in Houston, TX, like Dr. J. Robert Friedberg. If you are in good overall health, he may recommend a form of dentures (traditional or implant dentures) to replace the missing tooth.
The Difference in Dentures
Depending on your circumstances, Dr. Friedberg may suggest one of two different types of dentures: traditional or implant. The type of denture you receive will be based on your overall health, your personal level of comfort with either option and the structure of your mouth and jaw. Here are a few of the differences between traditional and implant dentures:
Most traditional dentures sit on top of your gums and are removable. The bottom tray is held in place by gravity (mostly) and the upper tray is held in place by suction. Most traditional sets of dentures look like your natural teeth, but they may take a little time to adjust properly. Some patients experience a period of uncomfort as they talk and eat. This typically subsides within a few weeks.
Implant supported dentures are permanently attached to your gums by dental implants that are surgically placed into your jaw bone. The implants act as tooth roots, and help the dentures to stay in place. They look and feel like your natural teeth, and offer the best support and stability.
Contact Dr. Friedberg Today
To see if you would make a good candidate for dentures, contact a preferred periodontist in Houston, TX, like Dr. Friedberg. Call today at (281) 674-7754.