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Improving Speech With Dental Prosthetics


Posted on 6/3/2024 by St. Louis Prosthodontics
3d rendering of a dental implantTooth loss impacts vital oral functions like eating and speech clarity. Fortunately, the dental prosthetics of today effectively restore speech and confidence. This blog discusses how losing teeth impacts your speech. We will talk about how that happens and also how getting tooth replacements can allow you to speak clearly again.

Tooth Loss Alters Speech Production


Healthy teeth play an integral role in clear pronunciation and speech. When teeth go missing, the tongue lacks necessary anchors and alters position. This disrupts proper lip closure, breathing control, and sound creation, which are essential for speech. Such oral impediments cause mumbled, slurred speech.

The Importance of Early Intervention


The more prolonged tooth loss goes untreated, the higher the likelihood of developing poor oral habits that further obstruct speech. Timely prosthetic tooth replacement prevents abnormal tongue thrusting or incorrect swallowing patterns. It also causes mouth breathing during sleep. This dries out the mouth tissues used to make speech sounds. Seeking professional care at the first signs of tooth trouble allows for ideal speech outcomes.

Restoring Form and Function


Dental implants, bridges, and quality full or partial dentures reinstate essential oral anatomy for ideal speech capacity. They provide stable, anchored replacements for missing teeth. This allows correct tongue positioning against tooth surfaces needed to create sounds. With restored oral function, speech returns to normal.

Confident Communication


Beyond physical factors, poor speech from missing teeth causes social anxiety and isolation. Individuals refrain from conversations when struggling to communicate clearly. Oral prosthetics bring back the ability to pronounce words accurately. This restores self-assurance to have open, effective conversations critical for relationships.

Caring for Dental Prosthetics


To maximize speech functionality, proper care for bridges, implants, and dentures is necessary. Thorough cleaning, durable handling, and non-abrasive storage help prosthetics last over a decade easily. Nonetheless, visit us semiannually to ensure everything remains accurately positioned as oral tissues change.

Better Speech Options Exists Today


Advancements in dental materials and technology now enable extremely natural-looking and functional prosthetic solutions to replace teeth, restoring vital speech capacity. Contact our office today to explore suitable tooth replacement treatments for an optimally functioning mouth.


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