Solutions For Missing Teeth in Chesterfield Valley
Are you afraid to smile?
Do you have difficulty chewing?
We offer many solutions for replacing missing teeth.
With modern technology, there are various options for replacing missing teeth that are non-invasive or minimally invasive, yet give you stable and attractive new teeth. Dr. Kardaris can help you with your missing teeth or teeth needing extraction, and to choose the best option for you and your budget.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. A porcelain restoration, such as a crown, bridge or denture, is attached to the post with a connector called an abutment.
Dental Implants deter bone loss
One of the most damaging side effects of missing teeth is bone loss. Although bone is often perceived as being a hard, static material, it is actually continually changing and growing, and it requires the stimulus of teeth to continue to do so. Implant-supported restorations provide this stimulus.
Single tooth replacement
Dr. Kardaris feels that the best solution for single tooth replacement is with dental implants. Dental implants are stable, long-lasting and look, feel and act like natural teeth. They are among the most successful procedures in dentistry today and offer a permanent solution to teeth loss.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, but require that the adjacent teeth supporting the bridge be shaved down. Dental implants may be a better solution.
The past standard for replacing one or two missing teeth was the use of a dental bridge. Dr. Kardaris considers a single implant as a better option than the dental bridge for replacing a single tooth. A bridge is more subject to decay and can promote bone loss. A bridge also tends to have an uneven chewing pressure, which also leads to earlier malfunction.
However, Dr. Kardaris takes into account various factors and sometimes a dental bridge is a better option for the patient. During the exam she will take a good look at your particular situation to determine which is the best way to go for you.
Replacing multiple missing teeth or replacing all your teeth
Depending on the amount of teeth missing and your budget, we recommend one of the following choices:
Dental implants for each missing tooth
Usually Dr. Kardaris will only recommend replacing each of your missing teeth with dental implants if only a few teeth are missing. If many or all teeth are missing, it can be better to replace them with a combination of implants and other restorations, such as dentures or a bridge of crowns. This provides more flexibility for chewing, similar to natural teeth, and is more affordable.
Implant-Supported Partial Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures
An implant-supported denture provides security for your denture so that it won’t slip. It eliminates the need for adhesives and your chewing ability is increased. It is the most economical implant-supported teeth replacement option.
A person missing all their teeth would need to have a minimum of two dental implants per arch to provide stability.
Denture stabilization requires a minimum of two implants per arch of teeth to stabilize your existing dentures. We retrofit your dentures so that they will snap into your implants.
These are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. Dr. Kardaris makes them from a durable and flexible plastic material, which is biocompatible. They are attached to your remaining natural teeth with flexible tooth-colored clasps. Precision attachments can also be used which are much more discreet than metal clasping.
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