Losing one tooth can be embarrassing, but losing several may mean severe consequences for your smile’s heath. In order to address advanced cases of tooth loss in Astoria, NY, smiles, we may employ strong and dependable dental implants. Let’s find out what makes them such a great choice for replacing lost teeth!
Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentistry and Advanced Tooth Loss
Question: What causes advanced tooth loss?
Answer: A variety of factors may lead to missing teeth, from injury and untreated decay/infection, to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. However, once you lose a tooth and the body stops sending key doses of nutrients to the surrounding jawbone, the bone tissue dissolves. Over time, that means an increased risk of further missing teeth. Simply put: If you ignore minor tooth loss, you increase the risk of advanced tooth loss.
Question: How will multiple missing teeth impact oral health?
Answer: Patients that lose several teeth often feel embarrassed about their smile’s appearance. They also have trouble eating a variety of foods, being forced to mainly consume soft foods and depriving their body of nutrients in the process. Trouble communicating clearly is also common.
Question: Do I need dentures?
Answer: If you have lost a majority of your teeth, or all of them, then you may need dentures. We have partials for those that have several missing teeth spread out across an arch, and full dentures to remove every tooth on one or both arches. For both options we can secure them with dental implants, which stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and provides a sturdy, long lasing option for replacing lost teeth.
Question: What if I need a bridge?
Answer: If you have more minor cases, such as one to three missing teeth in a row, we may place a bridge. The prosthetic helps prevent misalignment, difficulties due to gaps in the smile, and additional missing teeth. Instead of relying on crowns, we can secure them with strong dental implants.
Have You Lost Multiple Teeth?
We’re ready to help you enjoy a full and complete smile with implant-secured prosthetics. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.