Poor oral care, illnesses, accidents, and injuries can be bad for our oral health. In the worst-case scenarios, they can lead to severe tooth loss and infections.
Any of these issues — or a combination of them — can leave you feeling embarrassed by your smile and frustrated that you can no longer eat foods that you enjoy.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. With the help of Dr. Mark W. Wilhelm and our team, you can get rid of your problems and rebuild your healthy mouth. You can smile confidently again, and maybe more importantly, you can eat the foods that you want to eat.
As a prosthodontist, he is specially trained in the restoration and replacement of teeth, and he wants to put his skill and knowledge to work for you!
Remove Unhealthy Teeth!
Tooth removal is not something dentists usually want to do. We would prefer to protect and preserve healthy teeth whenever possible.
But today, we are discussing patients who have struggled for years with major oral health issues. We are discussing patients who may have suffered from severe gum disease or tooth decay.
We also are talking about patients who may be undergoing treatment for other health issues and whose treatment has unfortunate side effects on their oral health.
In these cases, tooth removal may actually be the better option. If your teeth are too weak to be repaired or if leaving in healthy teeth will make full-mouth reconstruction more complicated, then tooth extraction may be the best long-term solution.
Dr. Wilhelm can help you make that decision after examining your mouth and jaw and discussing what options are available to you.
Replace Missing Teeth!
Losing teeth is one thing. Leaving them out is another.
As much as dentists want to help you keep all or as many of your healthy teeth as possible, we also understand the importance of replacing missing teeth.
Losing teeth affects people in a lot of ways, and many people underestimate the impact tooth loss can have on them emotionally.
It’s easy to focus on the physical effects of tooth loss. It changes the appearance of your smile. It makes it more difficult to eat certain foods. It can alter how you speak as well. All of these can be frustrating.
But tooth loss also can leave you feeling ashamed of what has happened. Some people can start to become more withdrawn as a result, and they may begin to avoid going out in public or visiting with family and friends.
That’s not good for you or for your loved ones. We want to help you with our teeth replacement options, and in modern dentistry, those options are better than ever.
This includes the most basic set of traditional dentures to implant-supported dentures. Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. This makes dentures (and other tooth replacements) more stable and secure.
With dental implants, you can trust that your new “teeth” will stay in place.
Restore Your Smile & More!
Modern dental implants were first developed in the 1960s. They started gaining more widespread use in the 1970s, and today, implants are the gold standard for teeth replacement.
With implants, it’s possible to restore more than just the appearance of a natural smile.
Patients with implant-supported dentures have the ability to restore nearly all of their original biting power as well. It’s hard to explain what kind of a difference this can make in your quality of life.
When you know that you can bite into an apple without pulling your dentures out, it matters. When you can comfortably chew a bite of steak, that may change how willing you are to dine out with your friends.
When you have teeth replacements that you trust to stay in place, you may be more open to accepting invitations to family events, to meet new people, and more!
Until you talk to Dr. Wilhelm about your teeth replacement options, it’s hard to fully understand how much a new smile and restored biting power can do for you.
Take The First Step For Yourself
Getting teeth replacements is a big decision. It’s also a good reason to talk to Dr. Wilhelm about what your options are.
To make that appointment, contact us online or call (651) 319-9064. Find out what we can do to help you and your smile.