The Dental Amputee
Author: Professor David Harris
Publication Date: March 2015
Severe functional, emotional and psychological distress can follow the loss of teeth. When teeth are removed and dentures fitted they may at first function well but over time the bone structure of the jaw will irreversibly and continually deteriorate, with consequent change in facial contours. This bone loss results in pain, the inability to chew food properly – often to smile and speak properly – and to retain dentures without using an adhesive. If it hasn’t happened to you, you may have little understanding of the negative impact on quality of life, social disability and loss of self-esteem resulting from having to wear dentures. Teeth are a key body part and total tooth loss amounts to an amputation, as suggested by the title, The Dental Amputee.
This book tells the fascinating story of the development of implant technology, which prevents the bone loss that results from dentures and restores function, appearance and self-esteem to those who undergo it. Dental implants offer a solution to tooth loss that, in many instances, patients regard as transformational.