Replacing Multiple Teeth
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can feel like the end of the world. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with missing teeth any longer.
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Image Dental Offers Solutions for Replacing Multiple Teeth
Losing a single tooth can be devastating, but when multiple teeth are missing that feeling can be amplified. Having a few teeth missing can affect your ability to eat, how you speak, and generally make you feel less confident. At Image Dental, we are pleased to offer options to patients for filling the gaps in their smiles and regaining a beautifully complete smile they can be happy with having.
Our dental office has all the latest equipment and technology to provide excellent results to our patients that long for a full smile. When coupled with our experienced dentist Dr. Stephen Nozaki, patients get the highest level of care and the results they desire. Visit us today and find out what options are available for your specific situation. Give us a call at (209) 955-1500 or request an appointment online today!
Benefits of Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth
If you have been trying to decide if dental work is right for you, let us tell you there is no better time than right now to replace missing teeth. Gaps in the smile, while can affect your confidence, can also change the remaining teeth you have. For instance, the integrity of the alignment is in jeopardy if you leave gaps not filled. This will give your teeth the freedom to move and shift. Fixing an alignment problem is much more lengthy and often more expensive than having replacement teeth.
Tooth decay can become a problem no matter what age you are. If teeth aren’t properly cared for, then they can experience cavities, that will become a more significant problem. When multiple teeth are missing, it opens up more opportunity for decay to happen. With progressive tooth decay, a patient could end up needing an extraction or other dental work to fix the problem.
When a tooth is missing, it will also signal the jawbone to breakdown. One of the exciting features that will happen when you have multiple missing teeth is that the bone tissue can break down and redistribute.
Services Offered at Image Dental for Multiple Teeth Replacements
As the leading choice in Stockton, CA for restorative dentistry, including tooth replacements, we offer a few options to give our patients the best smile; they can be happy to have. Not every opportunity is right for every patient. We will need to look at the total picture, including where the teeth are missing, bone health, and many more features to determine which is the best fit for you.
Bridges work to ‘bridge the gap’ between missing teeth. They can work for one missing tooth or many in a row. These aren’t designed to accommodate multiple missing teeth on both sides of the arch, however. But if you have three missing teeth on one side of the arch, this is an excellent option to consider. Bridges are typically fixed into place by your dentist and aren’t removable. They use healthy remaining teeth as their support system.
Dentures are the most common of the teeth replacement options. They are the least expensive option, and most insurance plans cover this form of treatment. Dentures are dental appliances that use the support of your remaining teeth if it is a partial or an adhesive; it is a full set. While these might be the most cost-effective, they often aren’t as comfortable and can contribute to bone loss.
Instead of using the adjacent teeth for support, an implant supported bridge will use a surgically installed implant as the support. Your oral surgeon will introduce a small titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the tissue is healed, he can affix the bridgework in place. This is a permanent solution to multiple missing teeth in a row and sometimes accommodates up to 4 teeth.
All-On-4 Implants (Full Set)
Considered the gold standard of full set replacements, All-On-4 Implants give a more natural appearance and are more comfortable than any other option for replacing a full set of teeth. Four implants will be placed per arch to support a special denture that connects to the abutments of the implants. Your dentist will carefully shape the crowns to look natural for size, shape, and color.
Most patients that have the All-On-4 implants don’t feel much, if any discomfort. This option may or may not be suitable for your needs; however, if you have significant bone loss due to extended denture wear. In these cases, additional procedures may be necessary for the implants to be installed. Bone augmentation is sometimes used to build up the bone tissue giving the implant sufficient material to bond with. We will do a digital x-ray and examination to determine the health of your jaw bone during the consultation to see if you are a good candidate.
An implant-supported denture is similar to the All-On-4 implants. These can accommodate patients that have missing teeth in different areas of the arch, but still, want all the great benefits that implants offer versus the traditional denture. Implant-supported dentures can use the patient’s existing denture, modified to accept the dental implant in some cases too.
Dr. Stephen N. Nozaki Has Earned the Following Recognition from the International Dental Implant Association
Difficulties with Eating, or Not Being Social Due to Teeth Loss?
Tooth loss can affect a person in more ways than one. The top two that most affect a person’s lives is when it interferes with their ability to be themselves, not doing things they would like to do and having difficulties eating the things they enjoy. No one should have to hold back from doing things because of feeling self-conscious about their smile. We know though that having missing teeth can have this effect.
For those that love food, and all types, having multiple missing teeth presents a particular challenge. Meats, like steak, may be difficult to eat, or anything chewy. The bite force just isn’t there. If these situations sound similar to what you are going through, there is hope. With tooth replacement, you can regain your lost confidence and be able to go out and enjoy life. Whether that means to be more social with new people or enjoy a dining experience you haven’t been able to do in some time.
Give Your Best First Impression with a Complete Smile
A smile is one of the first things a person will notice about you. Wouldn’t it be great if you no longer had to worry about making a great first impression, because you were confident with your smile? With restorative dentistry at Image Dental, we can assist you with getting the smile you desire. Having the freedom to smile as big as you’d like or not worry that laughing might expose your teeth, is just amazing, and produces a better quality of life overall.
Find out Your Options for Multiple Missing Teeth Today at Image Dental in Stockton!
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If you could have a complete smile, free from gaps, right now, would you want it? Anyone with missing teeth will most certainly answer, yes! Our goal for our patients is to give them their smile back. Whether that is with dental implants, a bridge, or dentures. We want each of our patients to be happy and thrilled to show off their smile, and not feel worried they are being looked at differently.
Don’t put off having the smile you desire any longer; Image Dental is here to help! The first step is getting in touch with our office for a consultation. You can schedule your appointment online by using our ‘request an appointment online’ feature or give us a call at (209) 955-1500.