Tooth loss happens because of decay, gum disease, cancer, aging, and injury. As a result, more than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And, more than 35 million don’t have any teeth.
The appropriate solution for addressing tooth loss depends on your situation. If the surrounding teeth and integrity of the gums are still intact, we may opt for a dental bridge. If your tooth loss is severe and you’re budget conscious or looking for a fast solution, full or partial dentures might be the answer.
Missing teeth lead to both physiological and psychological effects. The most obvious as a result of the unsightly gaps. Patients with missing teeth often report a decrease in self-esteem. Additionally, society tends to treat people with missing teeth differently. They’re viewed as less happy, healthy and capable, afforded less professional opportunities than their counterparts not missing teeth.
In addition, the aesthetics, tooth loss affects function, form and health. This educational video depicts what happens to your bones and gum tissues as a result of tooth loss.
When your bones and gum tissue deteriorate, your face begins to sag, showing signs of aging and wear. Finally, your ability to chew is compromised, affecting your overall health.
Libertyville Dental implants to the rescue
If you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth, consider replacing with dental implants. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
When choosing an implant dentist, consider how much and the caliber of training they’ve received. Dr. Potts has completed a three-year externship at the Midwest Implant Institute, including courses in surgery, prosthetics, and bone grafting.
Dr. Potts is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Potts is a careful listener. He makes sure to understand what you want and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your individual needs, along with all options available to you.