There are many times in life when you want to make a good first impression. It might be for a job interview, meeting your fiance’s parents, or attending a new church. You prepare by thinking about what you will wear, what you will talk about and how you will look. Often your best impression is made by a confident smile.
Have you ever seen someone who covers their mouth when they begin to laugh or smile? One in three young adults, ages 18-34, say they are self conscious about smiling due to gum and teeth issues. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 38 percent say life is less satisfying due to the condition of their teeth and mouth.
About 30 percent of that same group of young adults have untreated tooth decay. This is the highest of any age group documented by the ADA. This may happen due to lack of dental insurance or money and some in this group may not know there are dental treatments to repair their teeth or treat gum issues.
Treatment Plans For a Loose or Missing Tooth
No matter your age, if you have a loose or missing tooth, it is important to call us at Sky Dental immediately for an appointment. Ignoring the issue won’t make it any less damaging. Jaw bone loss is directly tied to missing teeth.
Here are some treatment options our expert staff at Sky Dental offers for a loose or missing tooth:
Mouth Guards – Loose teeth due to grinding your teeth can be treated with a mouth guard designed to fit you individually and to wear while you sleep.
Splints – When possible, we will splint a loose tooth giving it time to heal. This often saves the tooth whether it is loose due to an injury or gum disease.
Dental Treatments – If you have a cavity causing a tooth to be loose, it can be treated and filled. If you have gum disease, we can create a treatment plan to improve your diagnosed issue.
Bridges – This device is used to “bridge” gaps when one or more teeth are missing. A crown is placed on either side of the gap with a false tooth in between. Your Sky Dental dentist will follow the typical crown procedure creating “abutment teeth” to hold or anchor the false tooth in place. The false tooth can be made from resin, ceramic, porcelain or metals. If it is seen when you smile, the tooth will be made to look as much like your natural teeth as possible.
Dental Implants – Teeth can be replaced with dental implants. This treatment is permanent and can promote bone growth while giving you a tooth that can last a lifetime. Dental implants are created with titanium and when put in your jaw, replace the missing tooth root. The implant is covered with a crown designed to match your natural teeth.
Good Oral Hygiene
The number one habit to prevent a loose tooth, which can lead to a missing tooth, is good oral hygiene. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day, as well as keeping an appointment for a professional cleaning every six months. We can catch issues early beginning treatment before they become more of a problem.
Smile with Confidence
Good oral hygiene along with regular treatment can go a long way to give you a confident smile. When you have gum or teeth problems hindering you from a confident first impression, no matter the occasion, allow Sky Dental to treat the issues. We will get you ready with a sparkling smile to make that great first impression! Get in touch.