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Want the Smile You Were Meant To Have?

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BY Family Dental Choice

If you have a damaged tooth, I will go out of my way to save it. Sometimes, though, an extraction is unavoidable. Thing of it is, you were meant to have 32 teeth in your mouth, so when it’s time for an extraction, you need to consider all of your tooth replacement options. Here’s what can happen without restorations and a couple of options to consider to avoid future dental problems:

What Happens When You’re Missing Teeth

When an extraction is necessary, you are left with a gap in your grin. Sure, this is visually undesireable, but it is also problematic to your overall dental health. The teeth on either side of the gap can shift, disrupting your bite and potentially causing jaw problems. The jaw bone that once supported your tooth becomes compromised, allowing for even more shifting. Ultimately, the change in the structure of your smile can cause you to have a sunken-in look, making you look much older than you actually are. So contrary to what some might believe, dental restorations aren’t simply cosmetic, they’re necessary.

Restoration Options That Work

The best options for dental restorations are implants and implant-supported bridges. In both cases, a prosthetic device is placed to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting.

  • Implants — Implants are surgically placed below the gumline and used to permanently attach prosthetic teeth. If you are missing a single tooth, this is the best option to prevent further tooth loss. If you are missing multiple teeth, implants are still your best option, as they are individually placed (giving you a realistic-looking smile) and provide the stability and functionality of natural teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges — If you are missing several consecutive teeth, an implant supported bridge may be right for you. For these cases, implants are placed on either side of the gap then used to anchor a prosthetic “bridge” between implants. The implants and bridge prevent further damage and offer greater stability than an unsupported bridge.

You were meant to have a full mouth of teeth, so if you’re missing any of those pearly whites, it’s time to take action and talk about restoration. Contact my office today to schedule a consultation. Remember, you not only deserve to have a great smile, you were meant to have one.

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