When you were a child, there was nothing more exciting than discovering that very first loose tooth. You would wriggle it and wrestle it with your tongue all day and night, just waiting for it to become loose enough for one final pull. Then, it was under the pillow for the tooth fairy to take.
Spoiler alert: It’s a lot less fun to lose a tooth as an adult.
But the good news is that we have options at our Plymouth, MI dentist office. In fact, we have options for every budget and smile type. You will find the restoration you are looking for at Douglas A. Callow, D.D.S.
Don’t Ignore a Missing Tooth
At first, it may seem like no big deal. I mean, you were able to function without teeth when you were losing them right and left as a child! But losing a tooth as an adult is a lot different, namely because there is no tooth growing in right behind the one you lost. Here’s what happens:
- A missing tooth leaves behind a gap in your smile and a gap in the bone.
- Without anything to cling to, your jaw bone will begin to lose mass.
- Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth might shift into the open space, creating misalignment.
- The lost bone mass may affect the foundation of the adjacent teeth causing them to fall out as well.
In other words, one missing tooth can cause a waterfall effect that will eventually leave you toothless. It’s imperative that you find a solution that will work for your smile and restore missing teeth as soon as possible.
The Dental Implant Solution
A dental implant is completely unique in the world of dental restorations because it does something that no other restoration does: it replaces your tooth’s root. Other restorations can function, but they will not give you your best case scenario: a fully functioning, fully repaired smile.
We place a lot of dental bridges in our office, and they serve wonderfully. But whenever possible, we will hold that bridge in place with a dental implant. Why? Because we want you to protect your bone mass! Once it’s gone, it’ll never come back. Placing that implant will give the bone something to bond with, and it will actually grow around the implant and stay healthy for the rest of your life.
Help! I’m Missing More Than One Tooth!
It can be scary when you are missing more than one tooth. Suddenly, repairing your smile seems impossible. The good news is that there is a lot of hope. Dental implant solutions work for any number of teeth. Even if you are in a denture, dental implants are an option.
You see, we can create a solution that takes the best parts of dentures and the best parts of dental implants in order to give you a beautiful smile. We call it dental implant dentures. Let’s take a look at how it works:
- We’ll place two dental implants in arch of your mouth.
- We’ll then fit your dentures with connector pieces that will snap into the dental implants.
- You will have a secure foundation for your dentures that provides 90% of your natural bite strength!
- Dentures are removable for easy cleaning and comfort.
The Perfect Solution For You
At the end of the day, we want to help you find the perfect solution. It may be one that we have mentioned today, or it may be something else entirely. We are dedicated to working closely with our patients so that all of their needs and concerns are addressed. A lot of factors come into play when choosing a tooth replacement option:
- Desired appearance
- Strength of bite
- Confidence while wearing the restoration
- Ability to enjoy food
Are you tired of feeling unhappy with your missing teeth? It’s not too late to discover a solution. Give us a call at 734-404-7336. We work with patients like you every single day. You are NOT the worst case we have ever seen, and we’ll never make you feel embarrassed, ashamed, or judged.
Visit us soon. We can’t wait to help you have a healthy, fully-functioning smile.