We Are the Best Dentist in Traverse City For Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted on: June 15, 2016

DenturesDentures are not something many people think about. In fact, most people never consider tooth loss a possible problem, even as they get older. The fact that tooth loss is so prevalent and that people are wearing prosthetics in greater numbers than ever before seems to have little effect on this kind of thinking. When surveyed, 60 percent of people had never even thought about tooth loss or what steps they would need to take to replace missing teeth. An even greater number stated that they associated dentures with older folks and never with themselves. Unfortunately, the statistics do not back up the optimistic attitude.

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry recently released projections in which it found that by the year 2020, the number of people that will be wearing a full set of dentures will be around 37.9 million. Less than 25 years ago, that number was only 33.6 million people, so we are seeing a slow but sizable increase in the number of people that require a full set of dentures. Keep in mind that the data did not examine partial dentures, implants or bridges. To put this in a little more perspective, in the demographic of women 40 years of age or older, 19 percent are currently wearing some kind of denture.

Perhaps you are in need of dentures, or think that you will need them in the near future. Dr. Heather Pfefferle will take the time to help you figure out what type of restoration you are in need of, and help you make the best decisions for your situation. But before we even get to the point of discussing what kinds of dentures you need or other replacement solutions, we want to make sure you understand that there are multiple reasons why you may lose your teeth.

Active gum disease is a large contributor in tooth loss. This is often times a problem that does not cause pain, so a lack of regular check-ups might give gum disease an opportunity to worsen and spread to other areas of the mouth. As gum disease progresses, the bone around the teeth is destroyed leading to loose teeth and eventually tooth loss. Another contributor to tooth loss is uncontrolled decay. Simply put, if decay is allowed to spread, it often times destroys the teeth to the point that the teeth cannot be restored and have to be pulled. Lastly, your bite can affect whether or not you keep all your teeth. If one tooth is taking all the force when you chew, over time it can lead to irreversible fracturing of the tooth root, which is something that cannot be fixed.  Luckily, gum disease, tooth decay, and bite misalignments are all things Dr. Pfefferle can easily screen for and treat early, hopefully allowing you to keep all your teeth for life!


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