The Christmas season is here, and that means lots and lots of Christmas carols on the radio.
One of the classics is “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”:
Everybody pauses and stares at me
These two teeth are gone as you can see
I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!
The singer is a child, and the song is amusing because his or her missing teeth makes it hard to pronounce “Christmas” correctly.
For adults with missing or damaged teeth, this same situation can be embarrassing. It may even make them want to avoid holiday gatherings altogether. We are sure your family and friends want to see you no matter what, but we also want you to feel confident when you go out and mingle.
If you are ready to get your new front teeth, Atlanta West Dentistry is ready to help you and all our patients in Marietta, Smyrna, and anywhere in between.
You should replace your missing teeth
If you are an adult with missing teeth, you know that it has affected your life. You may feel ashamed of your smile, especially if your missing tooth or teeth are in the front of your mouth.
As the song points out, missing teeth can affect the way we talk. This may make it more difficult to say certain words or leave us saying them in a funny way.
That might amuse your nieces and nephews or your grandchildren, but it’s probably not how you want to speak to your coworkers and customers.
If you are missing teeth in the back of your mouth, this can affect your ability to chew food. This may mean you have to give up some foods completely.
And the longer you go without replacing your tooth, you risk losing even more of them. When you lose a tooth, you will start to lose bone density in your jaw as well. This can affect the teeth close to your gap, and that’s why it can lead to more teeth falling out or coming loose.
The best option for you will depend on your individual situation. By speaking with one of the dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry, we can find the best tooth replacement option for you.
Here are some things you may want to consider:
- Dental implants — If you are already missing a tooth or teeth or you have teeth that need to be removed, then dental implants are a great choice.
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are placed into your jawbone. These cylinders replace the root of your tooth, which you can think of as the anchor that holds your tooth in your jaw.
The implant serves as a foundation to place a dental crown (for one tooth) or a dental bridge (for multiple teeth). After we place your implant, you will need some time to heal. During this time, your bone will bond with the implant just like it does with the roots of your healthy teeth. This holds you implant securely in place.
When your crown or bridge is placed on your implants, then you will look like you have a full set of teeth again. Plus, you will have the bite force you need to eat whatever you want.
- Dental crowns and bridges — In some cases, a dental implant may not be necessary. If you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay, we may be able to save the healthy part of that tooth.
We can reshape your tooth by removing the decayed areas. Then we can bond a dental crown over the healthy part that remains. Again, this restores the look of your smile and your bite force.
We also can create a dental bridge for patients who are missing multiple teeth. A bridge is made up of three or more crowns.
Abutments crowns are placed on each side of the bridge. The process is similar to the single crown we described above. The crown or crowns in the middle are supported and held in place by the abutment crowns.
- Veneers — If you have chipped or broken tooth, then veneers may be your best option. Veneers are a kind of shell that can be placed over the front of a tooth to change its appearance.
Our veneers can be used to restore the original shape of your chipped tooth, and this can help you feel more comfortable about your smile.
Time to smile again
You don’t have to keep living with missing, decayed, or chipped teeth. Dental implants, crowns, bridges, and veneers are excellent ways to repair your smile and to restore your ability to eat all the foods you love.