Have you been walking around with an incomplete smile? A gapped grin can leave you self-conscious and hesitant to show off your true self. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, resolve in 2018 to give yourself the dazzling and whole smile that you deserve.
This is a resolution that will boost your sense of self, make you look younger and more professional, and give you the confidence to thrive in social situations and at work. It will also make you healthier.
Book a consultation today with Dr. Hema Gopal of Premier Dental. Call our Bordentown, NJ office at 609-949-5115.
Missing Teeth Damage Your Health and Appearance
The consequences of missing permanent teeth go far beyond self-consciousness. A full set of pearly whites is important to maintain your dental health and function. Here are a few ways an unwanted gap may affect your mouth and face.
- Teeth rely on each other to stay in position. A space in your smile is an invitation for surrounding teeth to shift and drift out of place.
- Your teeth support your facial muscles. Without a full set, the muscles and skin may begin to sag, giving your cheeks a sunken look and making you appear much older than you are.
- Missing teeth may make it more difficult to chew your food completely, practice proper oral hygiene, and may affect how you speak.
- Your jawbone relies on stimulation from your teeth to remain strong and thick. When teeth are missing, the bone will weaken and deteriorate. Dental implants are especially effective in promoting bone health.
Dental Implants Are Just Like Teeth
While dentures sit on top of your gums, dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root. This makes them the replacement option that is closest to real teeth — in function, appearance, and how they feel in your mouth. In fact, they actually become part of your body, with the stability of the natural teeth around them.
The dental implant itself is a substitute tooth root that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. As it heals over the coming months, the implant, which is constructed out of titanium, fuses with the bone surrounding it so that it’s securely anchored in place. Once the dental implant has healed, we will attach an abutment to it and the replacement tooth, typically a crown if you’re missing a single tooth.
Once the dental implant is in place, you may actually forget that it’s there. It will feel and function just like your real teeth. You will be able to eat all of your favorite foods — no annoying restrictions like with dentures. And cleaning is a breeze: just brush, floss, and maintain high oral hygiene standards like always.
If you have several missing teeth or even a whole arch, getting many single dental implants would be complicated and prohibitively costly. We have good news for you though: you can harness all the benefits of dental implants no matter how many teeth you are missing. We can affix a bridge or a full-arch denture to your mouth using a few well-placed dental implants.
A Traditional Bridge Spans the Gap
If you have one or a few adjacent missing teeth, a dental bridge is a time-tested restoration to fix your smile. A bridge consists of a pair of crowns placed on the healthy teeth adjoining the gap, which support the replacement tooth or teeth in the middle. We will have to remove some enamel on the supporting teeth so that the crowns fit correctly.
Modern Dentures Are a Cost-Effective Option
Today’s “traditional” (i.e. not supported by dental implants) dentures are a huge improvement over their predecessors. At Premier Dental, we offer full and partial traditional dentures, which are an excellent choice for people worried about cost or who don’t have the bone health for dental implants.
We use digital imaging technology to create precise impressions of your mouth, so you don’t have to go through the uncomfortable and messy molding process of the past. Improved materials combined with computerized fitting and manufacturing technologies ensure our dentures are lifelike, stable, and comfortable to wear.
We even offer “immediate dentures” that give you a dazzling smile right after you’ve had your teeth removed.
Don’t put up with missing teeth any longer. Make 2018 the year that you find your smile again. From dental implants to bridges to full or partial dentures, Premier Dental has the tooth-replacement technique that fits your needs and your budget.