Losing one or more permanent teeth can have long-term consequences for your health and your self-esteem. Dr. Douglas Callow of Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI understands that, and he offers attractive and affordable teeth replacement solutions.
The Health Impacts Of Missing Teeth
Adult teeth are designed to operate as a complete set. Each tooth is opposed by another tooth on the upper or lower jaw, and teeth help hold their neighbors in place.
When one or more teeth are missing, it hampers the effectiveness of chewing. There’s a natural tendency to chew on the side with every tooth in place. That can cause excessive wear on your tooth enamel and may lead to muscle imbalances that can cause headaches, among other problems.
When a tooth drifts out of position, it can impact your bite which may also render chewing less effective. Chewing actually begins the digestion process by mixing your food with saliva and exposing more surfaces to the enzymes and acids in your digestive tract. When chewing isn’t as thorough, fewer nutrients are absorbed from the food you eat. There can also be a tendency to favor softer foods that are easier to chew which may not provide all the nutrients your body needs.
A missing tooth can definitely affect your smile and your willingness to show it. Even teeth that are relatively far back in the mouth can be visible when you smile. If one of those teeth is missing, you may resort to a narrower, more closed-mouth smile to keep the gap from showing.
Research shows that people who smile often and freely are viewed as being more trustworthy and likeable. An unwillingness to smile can impact your career advancement and your long-term relationship prospects.
A Dental Bridge May Be The Solution
Dental bridges “fill the gap” where one or more teeth are missing. Bridges are composed of crowns that create a single dental restoration. One or more crowns are hollow, allowing them to be placed over teeth on either side of the gap. The replacement teeth are solid crowns that fill the gap and restore your ability to chew comfortably.
In some cases, your bridge may be anchored by dental implants rather than by crowns over neighboring teeth.
Let’s be clear – you can get a dental bridge from almost any dentist. But if you want a bridge that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth, you need a highly skilled dentist.
Dr. Douglas Callow of Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI has over 35 years’ experience, and he’s also received extensive training in the field of dentistry.
You Don’t Have To Live With Missing Teeth
You can live life fully, laugh and smile freely, and eat the foods you love with a dental bridge from Dr. Douglas Callow of Callow Family Dentistry.
For the sake of your health, your self-esteem, and your professional and personal lives, contact our Plymouth, MI practice by calling 734-404-7336 today to arrange a consultation.