Tooth Loss

The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Our goal at Eric Yaremko, DMD in Bellingham, WA is to restore normal function, comfort, aesthetics, speech and health to our individuals who are missing teeth. As our population is aging and growing, an increasing number of people are being affected by the loss of teeth.

Tooth Loss can affect:

  • The way you feel psychologically
  • Function
  • Health
  • Facial aesthetics

It is not so much about teeth as it is bone. Bone surrounding and supporting your teeth require the necessary stimulation that comes from your teeth. The small stresses transmitted through prompts the bone to remodel and rebuild continually. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes bone loss. As bone loses its width and height, gum tissues also gradually decrease. The ability to chew and speak can also be impaired. This is what leads to serious aesthetic and functional problems. Toothless people appear unhappy when their mouths are at rest because their lips, too, have sagged; unsupported by teeth and gum tissues the area ends up caving in. To prevent bone loss as you age, an available solution that has high patient satisfaction is dental implants.

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement to which a crown is attached. Dental implants are compatible with your jawbone and looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. There is no risk of decay and improved aesthetics and physiological advantages.

To see if dental implants are right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yaremko.