When you lose one or more of your missing teeth, this could cause problems with eating, speaking, and even maintaining facial structure. To replace missing teeth and help restore your smile, your Garland, TX, dentist will create and place lifelike prosthetics. Whether you have a single lost tooth, or major tooth loss, then we can help!
The Dangers of Missing Teeth
What happens when we suffer from a minor or advanced case of tooth loss? When we lose our teeth, this means that the surrounding teeth could begin to drift from their positions, the resulting changes in alignment causing bite imbalance and altering esthetics in a negative way. Missing teeth also place pressure on your jaw joints so painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding) could be more likely too. People with tooth loss could have trouble speaking clearly, eating their favorite foods, and may avoid social interactions out of embarrassment. Not to mention, the lack of tooth roots means the jawbone is denied regular doses of calcium and phosphorus, causing a break down that leads to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. To avoid these issues and enjoy a better quality of life, you need to seek tooth replacement.
Bridges and Individual Implants
For minor tooth loss, such as one to three missing teeth in a row or just one lost tooth, we could suggest a bridge or a dental implant. A dental bridge is a prosthetic that contains new teeth and crowns attached to each end. We attach the crowns to abutment teeth, the natural ones sitting on either side of the gap in your smile. These last between 10 and 15 years on average. Dental implants are biocompatible posts made from titanium that we insert into the jawbone. We then attach a restoration to them to act as the visible portion of your new tooth. These not only look natural and last for decades, but they encourage the growth of jawbone tissue to avoid further tooth loss or an aged appearance.
Full and Partial Dentures
If you have major tooth loss, then a partial could be used to address multiple gaps spread out across your smile, and a full addresses every tooth on one or both arches. Removable options are common and tend to last about 10 years on average. However, we could discuss supporting them with dental implants. Implant options are fixed in place never slip, and last decades, if not a lifetime.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY?
Our team wants to offer a durable solution for your lost teeth. To learn more about how our team treats the gaps in your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.