Willmar Family Dentistry
1016 1st Street South
Willmar, MN 56201
Fax (320) 235-7133
Welcome At Willmar Family Dentistry, our priority is to deliver quality oral health care to informed patients in a professional, comfortable and convenient clinic setting.
When you have dental problems, you need a dentist who listens and responds ... an experienced doctor who knows the dental health field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs ... a friendly dentist who counsels you on the best way to maintain and improve your health. Dr. Jorgenson meets all these criteria. Plus, our dedicated team of trained licensed dental health professionals gives you the individualized attention you may need and deserve. See "Our Staff" section of this website for short biographies of each team member.
We believe that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their dental health and subsequent well being. That's why we have included an extensive section on this web site covering a full array of topics associated with dentistry and dental health diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your dental needs andcall for a fee free dental consultation to see if these proceedures might be right for you.
The importance of teeth for jaw bone health
When one or more teeth are missing, it can lead to jawbone loss at the site of the gap. This loss of jawbone can develop into additional problems, both with your appearance and your overall health. You may experience pain, problems with your remaining teeth, and altered facial appearance, and eventually even the inability to speak and eat normally.
In the same way that muscles are maintained through exercise, bone tissue is maintained by use. Natural teeth are embedded in the jawbone, and stimulate the jawbone through activities such as chewing and biting. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jawbone that anchors the teeth in the mouth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation, and begins to break down, or resorb. The body no longer uses or “needs” the jawbone, so it deteriorates and goes away.
Potential Consequences of Tooth and Jawbone Loss
- Problems with remaining teeth, including, misalignment, drifting, loosening and loss
- Collapsed facial profile
- Limited lip support
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- Distortion of other facial features
- Jaw (temporomandibular joint [TMJ]) pain, facial pain, and headaches
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
- Sinus expansion