When many of our patients think of adult tooth loss, they associate it with poor oral hygiene. It’s true that periodontal disease is the leading cause, yet not everyone realizes that other factors contribute, too. As you’ll see, even patients who practice excellent oral hygiene can still lose their teeth. Dr. Brad Greenfield, an implant dentist in Lake Orion, MI, explains that despite their differences, the patients you’ll read about in these hypothetical scenarios can all benefit from a single solution: dental implants.
Meet the Candidates
Spencer, an accountant, takes great pride in the appearance of his smile. He brushes and flosses as directed, and he hasn’t missed a dental checkup in more than a decade. He visits his dentist’s office on occasion for teeth whitening and has never had even a single cavity. When an automobile accident knocks out two of his top teeth, Spencer is devastated. After all, he’s only in his thirties. There’s no way that he’s ready for dentures.
As the director of sales for a Fortune 500 company, Matt spends most of his days in meetings with important clients. An avid golfer, he leaps at the opportunity to schmooze with a big-name executive on the golf course as they discuss an opportunity to merge their companies. Unfortunately, his golfing partner’s swing leaves much to be desired. After an accidental nine iron to the face, Matt has been availed of several front teeth. With negotiations underway for a multimillion dollar merger, he knows that he can’t pitch his case with a glaring, gaping hole in place of his teeth. A partial denture is out of the question, as Matt fears that the prosthetic will slip out of place during presentations.
Alice, 57, was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. The condition, which affects her body’s ability to absorb nutrients, has taken a serious toll on her teeth. Even though she brushes and flosses diligently, it hasn’t been enough to counter the damage. Now, nearly all of her teeth have been badly damaged by decay. The extent of the damage is so great that extraction is the only option. Like Matt, Alice prefers a more stable alternative to removable dentures.
Now, Meet the Solution
Dental implants are a permanent solution for adult tooth loss, ideal for patients who have lost one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth. Unlike removable dentures, implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, mimicking the natural structure of a healthy tooth. Of all available options, dental implants look and feel most like your own teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Their permanence means you can chew, speak, and smile confidently, knowing your teeth are stable, durable, and effective—no need for adhesives, soaks, or denture cleansing solutions.
Questions about dental implant in Lake Orion, MI? To learn more about teeth replacement, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact us at 248-693-6213. We welcome patients living in Auburn Hills, Oxford, Clarkston, Rochester Hills, and the surrounding areas.