There are several options for the replacement of missing teeth including bridges, implants, and dentures. It is very important to replace missing teeth for health reasons as well as appearance. If you don’t replace the missing tooth, the teeth on each side of the gap begin to move inwards resulting in abnormal tooth alignment or malocclusion.
Dental implants are one option for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant has two parts. One part is similar to a metal screw that anchors the dental implant to the jaw. The second part is a false tooth that attaches to the metal piece. Dentures and bridges can also be secured as dental implants.
Missing teeth can negatively impact a person’s self-confidence. Missing teeth can also cause a person’s bite to become misaligned. This misalignment can cause abnormal wear of the teeth. People with missing teeth should consult this dentist.
This dentist can determine which solution to the problem is best for the patient. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Oral surgery is required to implant the screw in the jaw. The patient is required to be in fairly good health so that they may tolerate the anesthesia. If cost is a concern, flipper teeth are an option simply because they are less expensive than implants.
The process of securing dental implants requires that the person has a healthy bone in the jaw and healthy gums. Teeth may have moved into the space where the missing tooth was. Some cosmetic dentists will treat gum issues and tooth crowding before or during the dental implant process. The entire process often takes three months to one year or longer to complete.
The metal, implanted portion of the dental implant, is made of titanium. In successful implantation procedures, the jaw bone will grow around the implant. This helps to secure the implant. In some cases, the implantation process fails due to a lack of bone growth around the implant. In these cases, the dental implant may be loose or may even fall out. People with poor oral hygiene, smokers, and people with diabetes are at highest risk of failure of the implant.
Many people prefer the feel of dental implants as opposed to dentures. Since dental implants are anchored into the jaw, an implant stays firmly in place like a real tooth. Dental implants may feel more natural and more comfortable than dentures. Implants appear as a natural looking tooth and functions as such. Patients report that implants feel and look like a real tooth.
If you wait to replace a missing tooth, the longer you wait, the procedure may be more problematic as well as costly. Therefore as soon as you lose a tooth, take action. There are various choices for replacement of the missing tooth with various costs involved other than implants.
Tooth replacement options include dentures, bridges, and implant-supported crowns. Rely on the expertise of Grand Family Dentistry to ascertain which is the best option for you. At this time, the top choices for long-term replacement options include bridges and implants.
Dr. Grand will advise you whether to have a dental bridge or a dental implant depending on your requirements. Each patient has different needs.
He will evaluate whether an implant or bridge is the right choice depends on the condition of the teeth next to the gum area of the missing tooth. If those teeth are healthy and in good condition, his recommendation will probably be an implant. If the adjacent teeth are heavily filled, or in poor condition, crowing them may be more appropriate. In this instance, this dentist may recommend a dental bridge. For those patients missing multiple teeth, dentures may be the most cost-effective option for you. Flexible financial options are available.
Grand Family Dentistry
2083 3rd St,
Mandeville, LA 70471