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By Rochester Dental
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants   Tooth Loss  

Whether tooth loss occurs as a result of an accident, infection, decay or another reason, several unexpected consequences can occur. Fortunately, your Troy, MI, dentists, Drs. Debra Halsey and William Carmody, can help you maintain the appearance and function of your smile with dental implants.

Gaps in your smile may affect your confidence

Looking at your reflection in the mirror for the first time can be a shock after tooth loss. If you don't replace your missing teeth, you may soon find that your changed appearance has begun to affect your self-esteem.

When you don't feel confident about your appearance, it can be difficult to feel comfortable in both social and business situations.

Tooth loss often leads to eating problems

Eating becomes much more difficult if you're missing a molar or incisor. Depending on the function of the lost tooth, it may be hard to tear, grind, or chew food. If you've lost many or all of your teeth, swallowing food whole or adopting a soft diet may seem like the best options.

Unfortunately, it's much harder for stomach acids to break down unchewed food. If you swallow food without chewing, you may be more likely to experience gastrointestinal issues. Soft diets may not include all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Losing a tooth affects your other teeth and your jawbone

Nearby teeth try to fill the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. As the teeth shift, they may begin to overlap, altering your appearance. The changes may also cause bite problems or make it hard to maneuver dental floss between the overlapping edges of your teeth.

Teeth roots not only hold your teeth firmly in place but also stimulate your jawbone. Without this constant stimulation the bone might begin to weaken and may not be able to adequately support your other teeth.

Dental implants prevent tooth loss consequences

Dental implants improve your appearance, prevent shifting, keep your jawbone strong, and allow you to chew normally. The first step in the dental implant process involves adding titanium posts to small openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery.

The posts serve as new tooth roots and bond to your jawbone. Connecting the implants to dental crowns creates brand new teeth that look natural and feel just like the teeth you've lost. Crowns are created from dental impressions taken during one of your implant visits to the Troy dental office. The impressions ensure that the visible parts of your new teeth fit the gaps in your smile perfectly.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentists in Troy, MI, Drs. Halsey and Carmody, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

By Rochester Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Tooth loss is a common dental problem that can develop for a number of reasons, including aging, injuries, poor eating habits, harmful/inappropriate use of the teeth, and poor oral care practices. A deeper understanding of tooth loss causes could help you pay closer attention to your specific problems and, consequently, help prevent tooth loss.

If you have one or a couple of missing teeth, a consultation here at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, is the perfect way to conduct a detailed and complete analysis of your condition. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can recommend the best teeth restoration treatments such as dental implants and crowns, among others, that may be suitable for you.

What Happens When You Have One or More Missing Teeth

When you have one or several missing teeth, your adjacent teeth will eventually shift from their positions to close the space left by the lost tooth. These naturally occurring movements can lead to various problems including spaces between your other teeth.

Consequently, these gaps will be hard to maintain and will be very vulnerable to infection from bacteria that can, in turn, cause gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay among others. Left unaddressed, this will eventually result in bone loss. Furthermore, the tooth directly on top of the space will begin to separate from the socket since it’s lacking the pressure from the lost tooth.

The gum surrounding the tooth will likewise recede. These tooth loss side effects will persist until the tooth falls out or until you replace your missing tooth. Additionally, since you have fewer teeth working when you chew, this will increase your remaining teeth’s workload and cause premature wear and tear. Bone structure loss in the face and mouth will also happen over time, leading to premature aging signs.

Fortunately, there are various tooth restoration options that you can choose from, including dentures, dental bridges, crowns, and dental implants. Your dentist in Troy, MI, will help you decide on which tooth replacement will be most effective for your specific case.

Can’t Decide Which Teeth Replacement Solution is Ideal for You?

If you want to find out about your eligibility for teeth restoration options like bridges or dental implants, you can call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your assessment with Dr. William Carmody or Dr. Debra Halsey here at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI.