The popular culture version of an elderly person fumbling around with sad yet comical dentures is not exactly the way things work for most restorative dentistry patients these days. Of course, those slippery old-school “falsies” that rest on your gums and fly out of your mouth at the worst possible moment are still around. But when you come to North Oaks Dental looking for a teeth replacement solution in Royal Oak, you’ll be happy to see that you have other options. Keep reading to hear more about the possibilities and then give us a call at 248-712-1522 to request your restorative dentistry consultation appointment.
Four Treatments For Patients With Missing Teeth
Many dental offices can offer conventional remedies for tooth loss, but few offices in the area are able to offer the most modern solutions like dental implants. During your consultation you will get a better understanding of how our dental office is equipped to offer each of the following ways of replacing missing teeth :
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Mini dental implants
But today we wanted to explore dental implants a little further because they are so versatile and they can restore your teeth, along with your health and appearance, back to the way they were before the tooth loss occurred. They can come REAL close at least.
The Strongest Tooth Replacement Option
Like we said, traditional dentures merely rest on your gums, but dental implants are designed to be placed right into your jawbone. Plus, implants are made from titanium, a material that naturally fuses to the jaw, acting just like the root of a tooth.
For these and other reasons, implants are preferred over dentures by patients who are concerned about functionality. It is different for everyone, but depending on the situation, dentures provide only about 25 to 50 percent of the biting power of natural teeth. That means many favorite foods are forever off the menu.
Once the implant is in place, we can restore it with crowns, bridges, or even full arches of dentures. If you’re already wearing dentures, we can simply place a few implants around the arch and then snap the dentures into the implants. Snapping your dentures into implants will improve your chewing ability and eliminate the need for denture adhesives.
Your Best Bet For Better Looks
As soon as you have missing teeth, there are hard-to-miss changes to your smile. The problem is embarrassing, but missing teeth cause people more trouble than just the diminshed appearance of the smile area.
When teeth are lost, the jawbone will also recede. This recession will cause the other remaining teeth in the mouth to shift around. Plus, when the jawbone recedes, your face changes shape. People without teeth often wrinkles around the mouth and caved-in cheeks. Dental implants can preserve your jawbone and help you hold onto a more youthful appearance.