Having missing teeth isn’t a lifestyle decision. Nobody wants to have gaps in their smile, feel self-conscious, or struggle to chew their food. But nevertheless, there are millions of Americans struggling with the dire effects of missing teeth.

At North Oaks Dental, we have helped countless patients overcome their failing or missing teeth using dentures and dental implants! Our staff is trained to handle the most severe dental cases, and plus, you’ll be treated like royalty. You can find out more by calling 248-712-1522 (Royal Oak) 248-963-1969 (New Hudson) or using the online form to request a visit.

Tooth Replacement Options for You!

Losing a tooth or all of your teeth can be traumatic and harmful to your health. Missing teeth are an eyesore, and if you’re like most people, you’ll want to find a replacement option pronto.

At North Oaks Dental, we use dentures and dental implants to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth. There is a one big and important difference between dentures and dental implants: Dentures rest on the gums while dental implants are placed in the bone. As you can imagine, dental implants provide a significant increase in stability compared with dentures.

The Facts About Removable Dentures

  • Dentures are not fixed into the bone, and studies show that these tooth replacement options only offer between 25 and 50 percent of the biting power of natural teeth. Because of this, it’s hard to eat great food like apples, steak, pizza, and nuts.
  • Dentures can slip around in the mouth while you speak or chew your food.
  • Denture wearers sometimes develop sores in the mouth because dentures can rub against the gums and soft tissue.
  • Dentures can reduce saliva levels in the mouth. This is a problem because saliva helps fight off harmful bacteria.
  • Dentures may lose their fit overtime because the jawbone will change shape once the teeth are lost.
  • Because of jawbone reduction, denture wearers often develop wrinkles around their mouth and see their nose and chin draw closer together.

At North Oaks Dental, we are using several type of dentures. There are full dentures that can replace all of the teeth, but we also have temporary dentures (for immediately after you lose the teeth) and partial dentures (to fill in the gap by one of a few missing teeth). Here are some facts about dentures you should know.

The Facts About Dental Implants

  • Implants nearly match the power of your healthy, natural teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you again.
  • Implants are made from titanium, a material that naturally fuses with bone. Once the implant has healed to the bone, it literally becomes part of your body.
  • Implants preserve the jawbone, helping you maintain a more youthful appearance.
  • Implants can be restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures.
  • Implants do not get cavities and last a lifetime with proper care.
  • We can place a few implants around the arch of the mouth to stabilize new teeth.

We also have many different forms of dental implants. We have single dental implants and can place a special implant system that stabilizes dentures. There is even a way to replace all of your teeth with dental implants without using dentures. It’s called All-on-4 dental implants. This system is unique in that we use four dental implants on each arch and then place bridges on those implants. This is particularly great for denture wearers because they do not have to cover their upper palate. With All-on-4, you’ll have all the stability and FEEL of natural teeth.

Reclaim Your Smile At North Oaks Dental

The right tooth replacement depends entirely on your dental goals and budget. There is no question that dental implants are stronger, but that option might not right for you. You need to discuss your options during a comprehensive exam. Give us a call today at  248-712-1522 (Royal Oak) 248-963-1969 (New Hudson) or use or online form to request a visit.