There may be more involved in having a tooth extracted than you realize. Just like in the rest of the body, facial muscles and skin are supported by the skeletal structure underneath. When you lose a tooth the jawbone that has been reinforcing it has no more reason to function, and so it begins to recede. When this happens facial skin starts to sag, which can contribute to the appearance of premature aging.
Removable dentures have long been the choice of replacement for natural teeth, but it is becoming more and more apparent that dental implants may be a better option. This is especially true if you have lost several teeth and suffered more extensive bone loss as a consequence. The remaining bone structure may be so damaged that it cannot sufficiently support a denture. Substantial jawbone deterioration also leaves nerves more exposed and can cause a lot of pain for denture wearers because of the pressure placed on the unprotected nerve.
Because of the lack of support dentures may be unstable, making it harder for the wearer to chew. Some people reach the point of having to give up solid foods which cuts down on the amount of fruits and vegetables that they can eat. This may result in vitamin deficiency, and the need for supplemental sources.
Psychological side effects of having to live with inadequate dentures can lead to extreme reactions. The inability to speak clearly, along with the embarrassment of loose dental plates can make the wearer want to avoid social situations entirely, to the point of becoming a prisoner in their own home.
The advancement and universal awareness of the advantages of dental implants has encouraged the industry to learn more about the process. Dentists are opening up the option to more and more patients. The most successful outcomes occur when an implant is placed just after the natural tooth has been extracted. This way the bone will still be intact. The more time elapses, the more the bone is allowed to degenerate.
Contact Spokane Valley Dentistry in Spokane, WA. to discuss your dental needs with Dr. Conway. Call 509-926-6261 to schedule your consult.