Do you suffer from missing or badly damaged teeth? It can feel isolating when your smile is not where you’d like it to be. However, at Summit Dental & Implant Clinic in Lee's Summit, we want you to know you aren’t alone. According to the research, it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. The great news is Dr. Calloway has advanced training to help solve the challenges of missing teeth including:
There are many challenges when you are missing one or more teeth. You might feel embarrassed to smile, or feel sad about the loss of ‘how you used to look.’ In addition to these social and psychological issues, there are health related risks associated with missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, the underlying bone may begin to atrophy, causing the shape of you jaw to change. This can lead to ‘sunken face’, problems with chewing, bite issues, and more. Missing teeth can happen for a number of reasons:
If you are missing teeth due to gum disease or decay it is important to treat the underlying health conditions before seeking implant restorations for tooth replacement. Both gum disease (periodontal disease) and tooth decay (dental caries) are caused by bacterial infections. When there is an active bacterial disease in the mouth it can impact the overall health of the body. Gum disease especially has been linked to weakened immune systems, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
It is important to seek help from your dental provider if you are missing teeth. There are amazing advances in technology that can help you regain your smile and your quality of life quickly.
Dental implants are an amazing way to replace missing teeth for a full, natural smile. There are many options available depending on how many teeth you are looking to replace:
At Summit Dental we can customize a plan just right for you. Dental implant restorations are a method of tooth replacement where Dr. Calloway implants a titanium implant into the bone and then attaches a crown. You can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth using dental implants.
When you replace missing teeth with dental implants your oral health and overall health will be better. The underlying jawbone will be reinforced, you can eat all your favorite healthy foods again, and implants cannot decay. You will experience a stronger immune system if your oral health is maintained. If you have questions about replacing missing teeth with a dental implant you can schedule today.