Lindsey had sought opinions for her failing and broken teeth over the years but was offered lengthy, expensive options and perhaps at times, treatments with guarded longevity. Lindsey's treatment was a collaborative effort between the surgical and prosthodontic teams.
Kelly was referred to us by her restorative dentist following an injury sustained to the face and mouth that resulted in the fracture of multiple natural front teeth. One of the first features one notices in others is their smile, so the sudden loss of front teeth would be devastating for most people.
Tom's dental rehabilitation was a collaborative effort between the surgical and prosthodontic specialties. He presented to us with partial edentulism, having lost most of his posterior teeth over a number of years. Loss of posterior teeth contributes to an unfavorable distribution of occlusal load to the remaining teeth.
Shaun was referred to our clinic for assessment of localized periodontal disease with significant bone loss. This had been an ongoing localized issue for a number of years and periodic non-surgical therapy had proven ineffective. The bone loss had slowly deteriorated. Two front teeth had become progressively more mobile and extruded, the gums had receded giving a “long in the tooth” appearance.
Mary was referred to our Portland Perio Implant Center to address long-standing and progressing gum recession. Over the years she had experienced gradual receding of the gum margin, resulting in root exposure with ensuing tooth sensitivity as well as longer-appearing teeth. To combat the increased tooth sensitivity she had been receiving treatment by patching the exposed root surfaces with tooth colored fillings.
Julie’s story was similar to most people who wear dentures. Over the years she had lost many of her upper back teeth and consequently they were replaced by a removable partial denture. When one loses teeth, bone resorption to various degrees in the jawbone will commonly follow. This will alter the support for the facial tissues, which results in an alteration in one's appearance. Some may complain of sunken or droopy cheeks.