Replacing Missing Teeth

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. 

Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Dr. Lee will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.

A good candidate for dental implants is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the jaw, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether there is adequate bone to accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays called CT scans may also be required to determine if implants can be placed.

Denture

The most common soliton, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws, are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable. 

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Implant- supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable and comfortable for almost any patient. 

WHY SELECT DENTAL IMPLANTS OVER MORE TRADITIONAL TYPES OF RESTORATIONS?

There are several reasons:

1. A dental bridge sacrifices the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. 

2. Dental bridges fain frequently. When they fail, you lose another tooth along with the bridge – a costly proposition. 

3. The loss of another tooth doubles the size of the space and may lead to an even longer bridge or partial denture.