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I’m Losing My Teeth – What Do I Do

im losing my teeth what do i doAnderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC

As we age, our likelihood of losing a tooth increases, even if you practice good oral hygiene. Adults with missing teeth face various options to replace their missing teeth. How do you decide which tooth replacement option is best for you? Sometimes, financial constraints weigh heavily on one’s decision to replace teeth. However, over time, the cheaper option may cost you more in the long run.

Dentures, partials, and bridges are more of a temporary fix to replacing missing teeth. Over time, the jawbone and gum tissue begin to diminish at the site of the missing tooth, which leaves a space under the dental bridge and means that dentures and partials become loose, and tend not to fit as well as in the beginning. When dentures or partials do not fit well, messy adhesives are necessary to help hold the dental prosthesis in place. Eventually, the prosthetic has to be remade so that it can fit the patient’s mouth again. A more permanent solution for a missing tooth is a dental implant.

Dental implants, although more expensive, are the best, single alternative to replacing teeth that are missing. A dental implant can help you maintain healthier bone levels and gums, as opposed to a removable dental prosthesis or a dental bridge. There are many benefits to choosing a dental implant. For one, implants never decay! Nor do you have to disturb your surrounding teeth (like for a bridge or a partial). Plus, dental implants will last you a lifetime!

Dental implants involve surgically placing a titanium post into the jawbone. This serves to function just like your tooth’s root once did. After about six months or when adequate healing has occurred, the dentist will fabricate a dental crown to fit on top of the dental implant. The result looks, feels, and functions just like your other natural teeth.

Caring for a dental implant is easy. Simply brush and floss it along with the rest of your teeth. Be sure to continue visiting the dentist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings. During these visits the dentist can assess your oral health to determine any problems they may arise. This may prevent you from experiencing tooth loss down the road.

If you are experiencing tooth loss, SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry invites you for a consultation. We will first determine the cause of your tooth loss, in efforts to preventing more teeth from extraction. Furthermore, we can provide you with a dental implant evaluation. You no longer have to resort to a dental bridge or removable prosthesis. Come and see us at SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to experience the difference!

To schedule your consultation, please call us at (864) 647-9000.

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