It’s hard to enjoy life when you can’t chew the foods you love. Chewing problems can also affect your self-esteem and lead to poor nutrition and reduced quality of life. If you are having a hard time chewing because of severe gum disease, old, failing restorations, bad teeth, or missing teeth, your dentist in Mobile, AL offers several solutions. Dr. Whatley restores tooth function and appearance with invisible fillings, porcelain crowns, dentures and bridges, and dental implants.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Mild gum disease can be reversed by good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings, while severe gum disease can be treated with deep cleaning (root scaling and planing), antimicrobials or pocket reduction surgery (if conservative treatments fail to heal the gums).
White or invisible fillings are made of composite resin material that contains no metal or mercury. White fillings blend in with your natural teeth and strengthen the tooth structure rather than weakening it. If you have failing silver amalgam restorations, Dr. Whatley can replace them with tooth-colored alternatives.
Bridges and Dentures
Bridges and dentures are popular teeth replacement options. Bridges and dentures can be fixed or removable. Bridges are used if you have some remaining teeth, while dentures are used when all of your teeth are missing.
Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that replace lost tooth roots. Crowns, dentures or bridges are then attached to the implants to simulate real teeth. Dental implants and implant-supported replacement teeth are recommended if you want the most natural, comfortable and stable restoration.