When a tooth in your mouth is lost, it can lead to several different complications beyond chewing inefficiency. Depending on the tooth’s location, it could affect your outward appearance and even alter the clarity of your speech.
With the passage of time, the structural void could also cause the neighboring teeth to alter their positions. This could cause chips, dental fractures, or dental attrition on the corresponding teeth in your unique bite pattern.
To help prevent these complications from befalling you, Dr. Mark DeWitt will often recommend a dental implant.
This is a two-part restoration that begins by a dental surgeon surgically implanting a titanium abutment into your underlying bone structure. One of the major benefits of titanium is that it will gradually bond with the surrounding bone tissues to give the implant the same strength as a natural tooth.
Once the abutment is fused in place, he will start the process of fitting you for a standard dental crown. Gold and base metal alloy crowns are often a good choice to replace molars that are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding. Porcelain crowns can mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This makes them a preferred option to restore a tooth that is visible in your smile.
If you live in the Lansing, Michigan, area and you need to have a missing tooth restored, you should call 517-323-7926 to set up a consultation at Mark L. DeWitt DDS.