Speak Now, Even Without Your Teeth

It may be the new year, but many people still have their Christmas decorations up inside and outside their houses. Thinking about Christmas reminds us of the song, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

If you’ve heard the song, then you know part of the appeal is that the singer (a child) can’t quite pronounce the words correctly. After all, our teeth do affect how we speak.

If it’s a child with this problem, it’s amusing because we know that his or her teeth are coming back.

But what if you are an adult with missing teeth? Then, it’s not quite as funny. We know those teeth aren’t coming back, and we know you’ve lost more than just how you say words.

The good news is that you can replace those teeth with dental crowns or a dental bridge. All you have to do is make an appointment at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dentist is happy to help all our patients in Fairhope, Mobile, and everywhere in between.

Sound It Out

How we speak is a very personal matter. It’s how we express our thoughts, and the specifics of our pronunciation tells the world a lot about where we are from.

We are proud to live in Alabama, and we are glad to let people know this. Nevertheless, it can seem embarrassing if you have trouble pronouncing “TH,” “SH,” and “S” (to say nothing of “Christmas”).

And we also know how our family and friends can be. What starts as good-natured joking can start to seem meaner and meaner as time goes on.

How Others See You

Of course, having trouble saying a few words probably isn’t the biggest problem that comes with losing a tooth or teeth.

Our teeth are what make our smiles. Losing a tooth can become a distraction in our personal and professional lives.

If you are a salesman or saleswoman, it can be hard to close a deal if your client or customer is paying more attention to your mouth than to what you are saying.

Of course, this can be a problem if you are on the other side of that situation, too. If you are trying to explain what you are looking for, but the salesperson isn’t really listening, then you may not get what you really want.

Our teeth also make our smiles. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may not feel like smiling. You may hide your teeth in pictures. You may start to hide your teeth behind your hand when you talk to someone or when you are eating.

Eating Away At You

The biggest problem of all may be the physical part. When you are missing a tooth, you can develop problems eating the foods you love.

You may find that nuts are a little too hard to crack. You may find fried chicken or a medium rare steak has become difficult to chew.

In time, you may decide you just have to give up some of those foods completely.

Get Back To Being Yourself

You don’t have to be embarrassed by how you speak or how you smile, and you certainly shouldn’t stop eating the foods you enjoy.

Instead, talk to us about a dental crown or dental bridge. These can be used to repair damaged teeth or to replace a tooth that is already gone.

We can remove the parts of your tooth that have been damaged due to decay or due to an accident. We can reshape it into an abutment.

Then, we can get a custom-made dental crown to bond onto your abutment. Your crown can be made of metal if you prefer sturdiness, or it can be made or porcelain if you prefer something that looks like a real tooth.

Or you can get the best of both with porcelain fused to metal.

If you are missing multiple teeth, we can create a dental bridge. First, we can create two abutments that will serve as the anchor for your bridge. Then, we will get a dental bridge to fill in your space and restore your smile, your chewing ability, or both.

And if your tooth or teeth are completely gone (roots and all), we can place a dental implant in your jaw. A dental crown or dental bridge can be placed on the implant to restore the appearance of your smile and your ability to eat whatever you want.

A ‘Crown’ For You

If you would like to know more about how a dental crown or bridge can help you, visit our dentist office in Fairhope. To make an appointment, call Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry at (251) 210-7142 or use our online form.