Missing teeth can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and affect daily life for patients, and missing all of one’s teeth can cause dramatic changes to both dental health and overall health. As a prosthodontist, Lilburn dentist Dr. Harry McCool has specialized training and years of experience treating the complex issues of teeth replacement.
When a patient is missing all of their teeth, replacement options need to be considered carefully as they can affect daily life and long term health. Traditional options such as dentures can have drawbacks that may affect eating habits, diet and social interactions. But modern restorative dentistry offers new options with better long term results that are more natural looking and functional.
For many patients needing to replace all of their upper or lower teeth, Dr. McCool often recommends the All-on-Four procedure. Also known as “teeth-in-a-day”, All-on-Four uses strategically placed dental implants to secure a custom denture, offering a comfortable, stable fit. Patients do not need to use adhesives and adjust their daily diet because of slipping dentures. In addition, using dental implants helps with bone retention in the jaw which will minimize jaw shrinkage, leading to a change in the patient’s overall appearance.
All-on-Four can change someone’s life if they have been suffering with poor fitting dentures or missing teeth for some time. With this procedure, patients can smile with confidence- and eat and speak normally. Having a healthy, functional smile is important for a good quality of life, especially for adult and senior patients who may begin to avoid certain situations due to dental problems like missing teeth.
Modern dentistry has established the important role that a healthy, functional smile can play in helping us to maintain a good quality of life for the long run- enjoying the pleasures of a healthy diet and a busy social life!
Don’t let missing teeth or poor fitting dentures affect your daily routine- schedule a consultation with Dr. McCool to discuss your options.