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Here's some good news: Teenagers are less likely than adults to lose teeth to dental disease. But there's also a flip side. Teens can still lose teeth, more likely from traumatic injury.
Fortunately, there are several options for replacing lost teeth like dentures or bridges. But the choice considered best by most dentists and patients is a dental implant. An implant tooth looks and functions like the real thing—and it's durable, capable of lasting for years, if not decades.
But there's a hitch with teens getting an implant: Even though they may have all their permanent teeth by adolescence, their jaws are still growing and developing. Natural teeth, with their attachment to the jaws by way of a periodontal ligament, can keep pace with this growth—but implants can't.
That's because an implant doesn't have this attachment to gum tissue like natural teeth, but to the jawbone alone. Hence, an implant tooth can't keep up with jaw development, and may eventually look like it's "sunk" into the gums in relation to the teeth around it.
It's best, then, to wait until a teen's jaws have fully developed before attempting an implant. In the meantime, though, they don't have to endure a smile marred by missing teeth, but can replace them with a temporary restoration. The two most common options are a partial denture or a modified bridge.
The partial denture is a lightweight version that's quite affordable. Although not as durable as other types of dentures, the appliance is only intended to last until the patient is old enough for a permanent implant.
The modified bridge is a prosthetic tooth with strips of dental material extending behind it that are bonded to the backs of the teeth on either side to hold it in place. It's likewise not as durable as a traditional bridge, but it can fill the bill until time to place an implant.
Although this adds an additional step in a teen's restorative journey after losing a tooth, it's necessary—waiting to place an implant after jaw maturity will help ensure a long-lasting result. In the meantime, a temporary tooth replacement will help them to enjoy a normal smile.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? Dental implants and dentures are restoration options offered by your Southgate, MI, dentists, Dr. Jason Cohen and Dr. Timothy Killgrove of Cohen Modern Dentistry, to help you improve your smile.
How dentures and dental implants can help you
Without teeth, speaking and chewing become much more difficult. Eventually, your nutrition may suffer if you stop eating a range of foods. Tooth loss also affects your self-esteem and may make you feel less confident in business or social situations.
Fortunately, dental implants and dentures can restore your missing teeth, improve speech and chewing, and enhance your appearance.
Dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a pink base that looks like gum tissue. Removable dentures are held in place by suction and denture cream and are removed nightly for cleaning. Today's dentures look more realistic and feel more comfortable than ever.
Dentures improve speech and chewing, although you will experience a decrease in biting power. Because your gums change as they heal, your dentures will need to be relined or rebased over time.
Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after any remaining teeth are extracted, while full dentures are used after your mouth heals. If you've lost several teeth in a row, partial dentures will fill the gaps in your smile.
About dental implants
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as tooth roots. They're added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery in Southgate, MI, and bond to your jawbone in about three to six months. Although implants are often used to replace one or two teeth, they're also a good option if you've lost all of your teeth.
Implant-supported dentures can be attached to your jaw with as few as four implants per arch. Implants improve your biting power, prevent your dentures from slipping and help keep your jawbone strong by constantly stimulating the bone. If your dentures are permanently attached to the implants, you'll need to brush them every day and floss around the implants. You must be a non-smoker who is in good oral and general health to receive implants.
Restore your smile with dentures or dental implants! Call your dentists in Southgate, MI, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Killgrove of Cohen Modern Dentistry, at (734) 283-1263 to schedule your appointment.
Discover the many smile benefits of getting dental implants from our Southgate, MI, dental team.
When you choose to get dental implants, you’re giving your smile a wide range of benefits to enjoy for a lifetime. Dental implants are unique from any other tooth-replacement option and our Southgate, MI, dentist Dr. Jason Cohen has helped many patients regain beautiful, full smiles again after tooth loss. Here are some of the top ways dental implants can improve your smile,
Fill Gaps in Your Smile
You must replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. Not only will a dental implant provide a natural-looking restoration to fill those embarrassing gaps in your smile but also it will prevent the rest of your teeth from drifting into these open gaps, which can lead to more gaps between teeth, crowding, and crookedness.
Eat What You Want Again
We know how challenging it can be to properly chew your food when you are missing one or more teeth. Another benefit to implants is that they fuse with the jawbone, so you never have to worry about your false tooth shifting or moving around when you eat. In fact, implants are just as capable of chewing food as your natural teeth, so if you’ve been avoiding certain foods because of tooth loss, dental implants can help restore your love of eating.
Feel More Confident
While dental implants certainly provide a wide range of advantages for someone with tooth loss, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the cosmetic benefits involved in getting implants. After all, an implant truly does look just like a real tooth. No more gaps in your smile, just a full set of teeth. We’re pretty sure you’ll feel more confident at work, socializing, and dating when you have a beautiful smile again.
Prevent Bone Loss
Bone loss is a serious complication of untreated tooth loss. Since the roots of your missing teeth are no longer stimulating the jawbone this causes the bone to lose density. A significant amount of bone loss can occur in just the first year of tooth loss, which is another reason why you should turn to our Southgate, MI, family dentist right away to find the right tooth replacement option to fit your needs.
Are you living with tooth loss here in Southgate, MI? If so, you may be wondering if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. To schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Cohen and his team, call Cohen Modern Dentistry at (734) 283-1263.
When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.
Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.
But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.
CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.
Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.
Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.
Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.