Orange City and Deltona, FL
We only get one set of natural teeth to last us our entire life, and it’s up to us to do our best to take care of them. Sometimes, even diligent dental hygiene isn’t enough to prevent tooth loss. Genetics, injury, and just plain aging all can wreak significant consequences on your oral health. Tooth loss actually is quite common; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average American has lost 12 permanent teeth (wisdom teeth included) by the age of 50. If you are living with significant tooth loss, you probably have thought about ways to restore your smile through dentistry, such as dentures. However, Terry Soule, DDS, wants you to know that you have other options to replace your missing teeth.
Implants can be used to restore your smile even after significant tooth loss
A traditional dental implant replaces a single missing tooth. While an implant is considered the finest tooth replacement option in all of restorative dentistry, using an implant to replace each individual lost teeth is inefficient and prohibitively expensive if you are living with significant tooth loss. Luckily, the office of Terry Soule, DDS, offers implant-supported bridges and dentures. Rather than install an implant in the place of each missing tooth, these treatments entail placing four implants at strategic locations in the mouth to anchor the replacement teeth and provide additional support. These procedures also have a shorter recovery time than receiving a traditional dental implant, because the implants usually are placed in areas of the jawbone that have a greater density. The implants can support a removable full or partial denture. They also can secure replacement teeth that are fixed permanently in your mouth, eliminating the possibility of any slips or shifts as can occur with dentures.
Implant supported prosthetics are a secure way of replacing your missing teeth. You no longer have to worry about floppy dentures or false teeth that don’t stay in place. Your smile will be restored, but so will your confidence.
Prevention is your best defense against possible tooth loss
If you want to keep your teeth, then you need to take care of them. That means being diligent about your dental hygiene: brushing twice each day, flossing on a daily basis, and seeing your dentist in Orange City twice per year for a check-up that includes a professional dental cleaning. Regular dental appointments allow Dr. Soule to identify any changes in your oral health that may be evidence of an emerging problem.
If a problem is identified during one of your check-ups, act quickly to have it resolved. Schedule a follow-up appointment before leaving your dentist, and keep that appointment. For example, it’s better to have a tooth repaired now with a small filling than wait and risk needing a crown, a root canal, or even an extraction.
Restorative dentistry in Orange City
At some point in your life, you probably are going to lose at least one permanent tooth. When this happens, you can restore your smile and your chewing ability through one of the restorations available at Terry Soule, DDS. Find out more about your treatment options by scheduling a consultation today. Just call (386) 775-1552 if you live in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City in Florida.