Missing one or two teeth may not seem like a big deal at first, but the long-term implications of tooth loss can be detrimental over time. Not only is it more difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with confidence, but you’re more than likely going to hide your smile because of a lack of self-confidence. Don’t just become another statistic! Instead, make a call to Dr. Sue’s dental office to learn about his many options for tooth replacement.
Even if your missing tooth is not visible in your smile, it doesn’t mean that your remaining teeth and current jaw bone structure isn’t changing. For example, tooth loss also results in bone loss as the teeth are responsible for stimulating the bone through regular chewing. This results in a weaker biting force overall. Furthermore, remaining teeth will begin to shift into the empty space left behind, causing your smile and your bite to become misaligned. Replacing teeth is really the most proactive solution to preventing other issues later.
One of the most common methods of tooth replacement is dental bridges. These sturdy prosthetics consist of multiple crowns connected together, with the crowns on either end acting as traditional crowns while the restorations in between work to bridge the gap in your smile. They are sturdy, natural-looking and long-lasting. However, it’s important to note that they do require minimal removal of neighboring teeth in order to place. Alternatively, you can use dental implants to remove the need for buffing down tooth structure. While traditional dental bridges prevent teeth from shifting on their own, implant-retained options restore your jaw’s full biting force.
Complete and partial dentures are ideal for those looking to replace many teeth. While dentures have been around for hundreds of years, they’ve only become more natural-looking as time moves on. Not only are their modern counterparts more aesthetically pleasing, but they feel more natural to wear than ever before. It doesn’t matter if you need to replace the top or bottom arch with a complete or partial denture, our dental office can meet your needs. Implant-retained dentures are also an option for patients who are seeking more stability and permanence.
If you’re looking for the most comprehensive solution to missing teeth, there’s no option quite like dental implants. This state-of-the-art service is designed to replace the entire tooth, not just the crown that’s visible in your smile. Starting with the root, a titanium post integrates with your existing bone tissue and functions almost identically to your previous tooth. Once fully healed and restored, you can rest assured that your issues with chewing, speaking or showing your smile will disappear.