If you are facing the loss of one or more teeth, you are not alone.
A number of different options are available for replacing missing teeth. But the best choice for replacing missing teeth and getting back the most natural form and function is dental implants.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Call White Smiles Family Dental to learn more about this life-changing restorative dental procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace a missing tooth.
What makes implants different from other tooth-replacement options is the titanium post surgically placed into the jaw to replace a missing tooth's root. A crown is then placed on the top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the tooth.
Implants look and function much like natural teeth do. By choosing a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth are not altered in any way, making this a conservative way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor a denture. By allowing the denture to be attached to two to four implants, its stability and retention are significantly improved, allowing easier eating and speech. Imagine—no more worrying about your dentures flying out of your mouth with a simple sneeze!
Dental implants are permanent structures, so unlike dentures alone, they will not move or shift. Recipients are able to chew, eat, and speak normally—even if all of their teeth have been replaced with dental implants. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
An additional benefit of implants that many people are not aware of is that healthy bone density is maintained with dental implants. This is because the implants continue to stimulate the jawbone just as your natural tooth roots do. The sunken-in look—also called facial collapse—most denture wearers eventually develop does not happen with dental implants.
What Type of Dental Implant Do I Need?
Single Tooth Replacement
If you need just one tooth replaced, a dental crown can also be used with a dental implant. After placement of the implant, Dr. White can place a dental crown on the implant that is strong and attractive resulting in a full smile that lasts a lifetime.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
If you need multiple teeth replaced, Dr. White might recommend crowns, a partial denture, or a bridge.
The implant bridge consists of implants placed on either side of the empty space, which is filled by the pontic, an artificial tooth. This is a good option if you are missing a number of teeth in a row.
A partial denture consists of many artificial teeth that can replace missing teeth that are not lined up. The dental implants are placed appropriately to anchor your partial denture.
Full Denture Retained by Implants
If you are missing all your teeth and need a full denture, or already have a denture that won't stay in place, we can attach it to two to four dental implants dramatically increasing the stability and preventing rocking and shifting of conventional dentures.
Traditional Dentures for Tooth Replacement
Today's modern dentures are a great option for tooth replacement. Unlike the face-looking, ill-fitting dentures your grandparents had, dentures today look more natural and fit more comfortably than ever before.
If you are missing a few teeth, you might want to consider a partial denture. These consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Clasps hook around teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth, filling in the gap left by missing teeth. A partial will keep your healthy teeth from shifting.
For those who are facing the loss of all their teeth, we can create a set of complete dentures that are custom-made just for you. Most people will not even be able to tell you are wearing dentures. They look that good these days!
Find Out More about Tooth Replacement
If you are tired of missing teeth and ready to talk about the options available to improve your dental health, call White Smiles Family Dental today!