Difficulty chewing or speaking, pain or discomfort or a feeling of embarrassment are commonly associated with missing teeth. Even just one missing tooth can lead to drastic smile changes, such as loose or shifting teeth, further tooth loss and a different facial profile. By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, an advanced tooth replacement solution, our patients are putting confidence back into their smiles with a solution that enhances their smile’s functionality and esthetic beauty.
Dental implants are a modern tooth replacement solution for single, multiple or full arches of missing teeth. There are three pieces to a dental implant: a decay-resistant titanium post that implants into the bone, a natural-looking dental crown that sits above the gum line, and an abutment that attaches them.
More traditional dental bridges are designed to sit on top of the gums, and rely on using surrounding, healthy teeth as supports for the dental crown between them. This can damage the healthy teeth, and does not provide bone stimulation, which causes the bone to recede and the shape of the mouth to change. For a more permanent solution, many of our patients are choosing to replace their missing tooth with a dental implant. The dental implant provides natural bone stimulation, so unlike a dental bridge, it will not need to be replaced due to changing smile features.
For years, traditional dentures have been a reliable full arch tooth replacement solution, but many patients are now finding that changing facial features make them uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. Since dentures are designed to fit a certain shape, they gradually become unreliable and may slip or fall out of place. Rather than a lifelong solution, dentures have become a transitional step between missing teeth and implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures anchor full-arch dentures to strategically placed dental implants. The dental implants maintain a natural face shape and prevent the dentures from slipping, making them a reliable and long-lasting solution.