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What To Do When Teeth Go Missing

Full-Mouth Reconstruction 3 at Douglas A. Callow, DDS Office in Plymouth, MI

Here’s a shocker: according to one authoritative source, some 32 million people in the United States have no teeth. 120 million are missing at least one tooth. In other words, missing teeth are way to common in this country. Fortunately, Dr. Doug Callow at Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI offers a great solution for people who are missing most or all of their teeth – full-mouth reconstruction.

Say What?

The goal of full-mouth reconstruction is to provide a full set of strong, durable, and attractive teeth. That’s not just to solve an appearance issue, although having a good smile is a very important part of people’s self-esteem.

The result of having a full-mouth reconstruction also provides health benefits. Not having enough functional teeth can affect the types of foods you eat and the nutrition you get from that food. The process of digestion begins with chewing. Lacking a significant number of teeth often leads to inadequate chewing and not enough nutrients being absorbed by your body.

Full-mouth reconstruction is basically about replacing missing or damaged teeth to return a person’s ability to eat a wide variety of healthy foods. Another benefit is that true replacement teeth transfer to the pressure of chewing to the underlying bone. That stimulation helps keep the bone strong.

What’s Involved?

That depends entirely on your needs and your budget. You can take advantage of numerous tooth replacement options from Douglas A. Callow, DDS. He’ll be happy to perform a thorough examination and let you know what options are right for you.

Dental implants are the most durable and longest-lasting tooth replacement option. With care, the implants themselves should last the rest of your life. Dr. Callow will refer you to a trusted local surgeon who will place the implants. Dr. Callow will then attach the restorations (the replacement tooth or teeth).

Dental bridges are a proven solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Callow will prepare the neighboring teeth and then permanently anchor the bridge to those teeth. You care for your fixed bridge just like you do your natural teeth; no removal is required.

Dentures fall into one of two types. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth while a full denture replaces an entire “arch” of teeth. You can choose to have your dentures secured by dental implants which removes the issues that some people have with removable dentures – slipping and sliding around in the mouth, popping out expectedly, and difficulty chewing foods like steak. Via a procedure known as an All-on-4®, Dr. Callow can attach a full-arch denture to four dental implants. Your replacement teeth will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

Get Started

Dr. Doug Callow has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years, and he’s performed countless tooth replacement procedures. You can count on him to create the best treatment plan for your needs and deliver your healthiest smile and a great smile.

Schedule a consultation by call Douglas A. Callow DDS in Plymouth, MI at 734-404-7336.

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