Teeth Replacement Options​

Replacing missing teeth is a dental procedure that involves restoring lost teeth to improve oral function, aesthetics, and overall well-being. When teeth are missing, it can lead to various issues, including difficulty in chewing, speech problems, shifting of neighboring teeth, and a compromised smile. Replacing missing teeth helps address these concerns and enhances oral health. Several methods are available for replacing missing teeth, depending on the number of teeth missing, their location, and individual preferences.​

Options For Replacing Missing Teeth​

1. Dental Implants:
  • Description: Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted into the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. They provide a sturdy foundation for attaching prosthetic teeth.
  • Benefits: Implants are highly stable, durable, and closely resemble natural teeth in both appearance and function. They also stimulate jawbone health.
  • Procedure: Dental implant placement requires oral surgery to insert the implant into the jawbone, followed by a healing period before attaching the prosthetic crown or denture.
2. Dental Bridges:
  • Description: Dental bridges are fixed restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of crowns on the adjacent natural teeth (abutments) with artificial teeth (pontics) in between.
  • Benefits: Bridges are non-removable and restore the ability to chew and speak effectively. They also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
  • Procedure: Creating and placing a dental bridge involves preparing the abutment teeth, taking impressions, and crafting the bridge.
3. Dentures:
  • Description: Dentures are removable appliances used to replace multiple or all missing teeth. They can be made of acrylic, porcelain, or a combination of materials.
  • Benefits: Dentures are a cost-effective solution for extensive tooth loss, restoring chewing and speaking abilities. Modern dentures look natural.
  • Procedure: The denture-making process includes taking impressions and designing custom prosthetic teeth that fit comfortably.
4. Partial Dentures:
  • Description: Partial dentures replace some missing teeth while relying on remaining natural teeth for support. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a framework.
  • Benefits: Partial dentures restore appearance and functionality by filling gaps created by missing teeth.
  • Procedure: Similar to complete dentures, partial dentures are custom-made to ensure a proper fit.
5. Removable Implant-Supported Dentures:
  • Description: These removable dentures are secured by dental implants, providing enhanced stability and comfort compared to traditional removable dentures.
  • Benefits: Removable implant-supported dentures offer better retention and prevent issues associated with loose dentures.
  • Procedure: Dental implants are placed, and the dentures are designed to securely attach to the implants.

Why Select Dental Implants Over Traditional Types Of Restorations

Selecting dental implants over more traditional types of restorations offers a range of significant advantages. Dental implants provide a natural look and feel, exceptional stability, and durability, making them a preferred choice for many individuals. They preserve adjacent teeth, promote jawbone health, and contribute to improved chewing efficiency and speech. Dental implants offer comfort, convenience, and long-term cost-efficiency, ultimately boosting confidence and self-esteem. Their versatility allows them to address various degrees of tooth loss effectively.

The dental implants, they have many benefits, including longevity and low maintenance, can result in cost savings over time. However, it’s essential to consult with a dental professional to determine if dental implants are the right solution for your specific needs and circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment.

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.

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