Improve the Quality of Your Life with Implant Supported Dentures

man with implant supported denture overdentureIf you have dentures, especially ones for your lower teeth, you know that they can be a challenge. They might slip around, hurt and cause sores, and sometimes even fall out.

In the past people just had to make do with loose dentures. They had to accept that eating, talking, and laughing may no longer feel comfortable or secure.

But, times have changed.

If you are unhappy or uncomfortable with your dentures we encourage you to come in for a consultation to learn how we can help you upgrade to dentures that snap in place and stay secure.

You can have new teeth that look good, feel good, and function well.

We do this by providing dental implants with attachments your dentures can snap on to. These implants are small titanium screws placed in the jaw that are safe and have an extremely high success rate.

The procedure for placing implants is relatively simple and comfortable, but if you are nervous we can provide oral sedation dentistry, a special pill that takes your nervousness away.

You don’t need to suffer with ill fitting dentures any more. Implant supported snap on dentures can improve the quality of your life and allow you to eat well, smile more often, and live fully again. 

Our gentle and understanding dental team will guide you through the process and support you every step of the way.

To learn more or get started, call for a consultation at (865) 922-1613. Knoxville, TN

Image courtesy of Gus Moretta

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The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Tooth tipping into empty space

When you lose a tooth it is easy to think of it as an isolated incident.  It wasn’t fun and doesn’t make you feel good, but everything is okay now.  Right?

Maybe not.  There may be some hidden consequences you haven’t thought of.

In most cases it is recommended that extracted teeth be replaced.  The most common ways to do this are with implants, fixed bridges, dentures, and partial dentures.  We also have ways to get you by on a more temporary basis, if you have to postpone treatment.

Dentists know that the tooth system is dynamic and one change can throw off the balance of the entire system. When there is an empty space in your mouth the teeth around it actually move into it looking for the tooth they are meant to connect with.  They often tip over or grow out of the bone, putting these teeth at risk of being the next ones to be lost.

Neighboring teeth can also be damaged by the stress of compensating for missing teeth and misaligned teeth hitting each other in the wrong places can suffer fractures and other damage. The TMJ joint where the upper and lower jaws meet can become inflamed and painful, as well as experiencing unusual wear and tear.

 

Missing teeth can be a cosmetic issue even if they are not visible when you smile.  Your face can look thin and gaunt when your cheeks are no longer supported by teeth. If you are missing several teeth your bite can collapse, causing your face to shorten with it, making you look older than you are.

The last concern about missing teeth we want to share with you here is a serious one.  When missing teeth impact the ability to chew food well, your digestive system is not able to break down nutrients as it is meant to.  This is especially important for older adults and can impact their health in a negative way.  Even if you are younger you will want to prevent heading down this path.

Here is the good news!

If you are missing teeth, and live in the Knoxville area, we can help.  Dr. Smith is an expert at finding the perfect solution for restoring your mouth to health and giving you a great smile at the same time.

Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule your consultation.  We will be happy to help you.

Life After Dentures

man with dentures

Photo credit Gus Moretta

If you have dentures, there are still things you need to do to keep your mouth healthy:

Clean your dentures daily to remove plaque and bacteria – start by rinsing your dentures and then brush them gently to get them clean.  Some denture materials are not as hard as natural teeth and it is important to use a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to protect them.

Clean your mouth every day – brush all areas of your mouth including your tongue, gums, and the inside of your cheeks with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.  This will help remove bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.

Give your dentures a break – remove your dentures for at least 4 hours every 24 hour period.  Most people choose to do this over night.  Your gums and mouth tissues need a break to stay healthy and prevent sores.

See your dentist at recommended intervals – having your teeth removed does not mean you no longer need to see the dentist.  Your dentist will want to check the health of your mouth and screen for oral cancer.  They will also check the fit of your dentures, adjust them if needed, and help you keep them fitting and working well.

Don’t settle for sloppy dentures – dentures that don’t fit well can lead to sore spots, poor diet and digestion, and even cancer.  If you are wearing an older set that does not fit anymore, it may be time for an adjustment, relign, or brand new set.

Snap on dentures that connect to dental implants are the most secure dentures available and have revolutionized the denture experience for many people.  If your dentures are feeling sloppy or uncomfortable, make a an appointment with your dentist to find out what your options are.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN  Dr. Ron Smith, DDS

Stop the Extraction Cycle – We Can Help You Get Your Teeth Back

We have been through challenging economic times and seen patients have to make tough choices about their teeth based on the cost of treatment.  The most common one is between saving or extracting a tooth.

Having teeth extracted without replacing them is a last resort option.  When teeth are lost, the neighboring teeth lose the support they need to stay upright and anchored in the bone.   They start to tip into the empty space where the other tooth used to be, exposing their delicate roots to infection and cavities. And, this is how the cycle of tooth loss begins.

No one wants to lose teeth, but if you have had to make that choice there are ways that the tooth loss cycle can be stopped or prevented.  We can replace missing teeth with dental implants, bridges made of crowns, or removable appliances called dentures or partial dentures.  By replacing teeth that were lost, you will stabilize your dental health and preserve your ability to eat for your life time.  So, when you can, don’t forget to come into the dental office and get the teeth you lost back.

If you are in the Knoxville, TN area we would love to help you – (865) 922-1613