Replacing Missing Teeth
What are the effects of tooth loss?Losing your teeth can have a number of different effects on your life:
Fortunately, there are many options to deal with tooth loss and counteract these effects.
Dental ImplantsDental implants are the newest solution to tooth loss. Titanium rods are surgically placed in your jawbone. They act as tooth roots, and support any number of false teeth. If you require a full arch to be replaced, you only need a few implants to support an entire structure. It is a permanent solution to tooth loss, as false teeth are screwed in place. While the healing process can be long, dental implants offer a multitude of benefits:
Fixed BridgeA fixed bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is designed in a lab from a mold of your teeth. Often made of ceramic, to match the color of the rest of your natural teeth, the pontic, or false, teeth are placed between two crowns. These crowns are cemented over surrounding healthy teeth, which are ground down to make room for the crowns to fit neatly over. The disadvantages of fixed bridges are that they require grinding perfectly healthy teeth and the bone underneath the pontic teeth can reabsorb.
Partial DenturesA partial denture can be used when you are missing a section of teeth. Prosthetic teeth are placed into a plastic, gum colored base. Made from a mold of your teeth, a partial denture is held in place by metal clips. It is removable, and should be taken out every night to clean and let soak. Partial dentures allow your surrounding teeth to remain intact, but the metal clips are visible, and pose an aesthetic problem for some. And, like a fixed bridge, the bone below the partial denture will eventually begin to weaken.
Full DenturesWhen you are missing a full arch of teeth, you can choose to have a full denture made. False teeth are set into a gum colored base that is supported by your gums. Any remaining unhealthy teeth are removed and the arch is custom made from a mold. Like a partial denture, a full denture is to be removed each night to be cleaned and soaked.
Dentures work for some, but for others, they are uncomfortable, as they can cause irritation to the gums. They may also slip and fall out of place, making eating and speaking difficult. Care can be tedious. And, since they rest on the gums, the bone will eventually begin to reabsorb and you will eventually require a new prosthesis.
We have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the best solution to your tooth loss. Call us today to schedule your consultation. Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576