Missing a Tooth

Has it been hard for you to smile due to a missing tooth? According to the Kelton study for Invisalign, teeth are the most standout feature people notice when meeting the first time. About 66% will likely remember you due to having beautiful teeth and smile. If you have a missing tooth, especially in the front, it’s hard to smile. You not only lose confidence in yourselves, but missing teeth causes long-term damages to your facial structure and the way you bite. However, there are a few options for you to regain back a healthy beautiful smile. 

First let’s start with doing nothing. When a tooth is pulled malocclusion can happen if we don’t get a replacement for the missing tooth. Malocclusion is a condition where our teeth shift, and it changes the way we bite. Teeth are supposed to touch one another so when a tooth is extracted, both the adjacent tooth and the tooth opposing the missing tooth will shift. This means that you will see a change in your smile such as gaps, uneven alignment, and a tooth longer than the others. Another consequence is, loss of jawbone and gum tissue, which results in an older appearance because of a sunken look to your facial features.

However, we can prevent all the consequences of not replacing a missing tooth or teeth. There are few options with the pros and cons for each of them.

Dental Implants: 

Dental implants are the most effective way to replace a missing tooth. Not only is it durable, but its lifespan is longer compared to the others. This is also the nearest thing to a natural tooth available today. Implants are made from titanium that is safe for your body. It is surgically placed in the jawbone where you are having a missing tooth. However, the process is a bit longer than the others. Dental implant consists of the implant itself, abutment, and a crown. This does not a one-day procedure, but at least 3 months. Everyone is different, and it all just depends on if you need bone graft material, how fast your implant settles in, or if you have periodontal disease. This may seem like a long journey for some, but the reward for waiting is much more beneficial for long term durability, and lifespan of about 15 to 20 years.

Dental Bridges:

 Dental bridges are good for people who want a faster solution that does not require surgery. This procedure takes 3 weeks and just two visits to your dentist. It is more affordable than the implant. However, with dental bridges, the dentist would have to shave down the adjacent teeth, which are your two good permanent teeth to use as an anchor. The lifespan of the dental bridge is about 5-7 years, which is shorter than the implant. This does not help with keeping the bone in the area from atrophy occurring though. You will continue to lose bone in that area over time compared to the implant that will secure the bone indefinitely. Hygiene will be harder to keep up with because you can’t floss normal. You’ll have to buy a special floss that will get under your bridge since food can get caught there. Unfortunately, for the perfectionist, dental bridges are not as aesthetically pleasing than an implant. 

Removable Partial Denture (RPD):

 Removable partial denture known as a flipper, is the least expensive and the fastest thing you can have after an extraction to walk out the office without a missing tooth. However, it is primarily for esthetic purposes. You can’t chew with it on because it is a resin base that can break easily. You would have to take it off every night still leaving you with a gap that will create shifting of your teeth and bone loss. In order to hold the artificial tooth or teeth in place, a bulky plastic frame will be sitting in your mouth all day. Flipper is best used for just a temporary solution until you get a permanent replacement.

With all the options given to you, it is still ideal to speak to your dentist to help you choose what is best for you. Not everyone is a good candidate for implants, that’s why we offer free consultation here at Grand Mission Dentistry to make sure you are a good fit for an implant. Give us a call or make an appointment today so we can make sure you are on the right track in replacing a missing tooth.

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https://fourseasonsdentistry.com/2018/07/20/should-you-replace-your-tooth-after-an-extraction/

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Do Dental Implants Treatment Hurts

Although the very thought of a dental procedure might scare you off, yet, you might still want to be going in for a few of them. The reason being, a restorative treatment that would help you to regain your original smile with an all new and charming appearance! You might have had a bad experience in the past with a toothache or an extracted tooth. This indeed keeps you in a dental anxiety. Dental emergencies may be painful but with modern techniques and advanced training of dentists the training itself is rarely painful.

Dental Implants, let you solve the missing teeth issue. In fact they are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike a few of the other restorative options, they do not have an impact on your remaining, healthy teeth. This is one its most popular virtues. Dental implants not only give you an artificial set of teeth but also, most significantly, they help to strengthen the jaw by replacing the root.

The obvious implication of missing teeth is that it heavily undermines your confidence and sense of self-esteem. But there are other hidden dangers of missing teeth too. These include:

  • Weakening of the jaw bone
  • Damage or failure of other teeth due to the weak bones.
  • A receding jaw – it often causes us to look older than we are.

Did you know that when we chew our food it stimulates the bone mass beneath our teeth? So, when the tooth is missing, this does not happen and the jawbone gradually begins to deteriorate. Let us check out the details of a dental implants procedure and how it helps you to look and feel great and at the same time being a painless procedure!

Steps involved in your dental implants procedure:

FIRST, the gum area is numbed with an anesthetic. To start with, a surface anesthetic is applied to freeze the gum. This allows the local anaesthetic to be injected easily without you feeling the pain. Once this anesthetic has started to work, your dentist begins the procedure.

SECOND, the site for the implantation needs to be prepared. For this, a small opening is drilled through your gums. After the area is inspected carefully with the help of this pilot hole, the hollow is made wider in accordance with the width of the implant posts.

THIRD, after placing the implants, the area is allowed to heal. Titanium (the material of the implant posts) is such that the gum tissue is gradually able to fuse with it. Therefore after the healing process the crown (your choice of artificial teeth: fixed or removable) is placed.

The implantation site belonging originally to the extracted tooth is usually cleared off using a fine surgical curette. After the granular material is cleared off the walls of this hollow, the place is also often scrapped to initiate some amount of bleeding! This is done so that the implants get a strong base. The socket is then filled with some grafting material and the site is allowed to heal before the implants are embedded into them!

With the use of anesthetics as well as the latest and most advanced technologies, dental implants, like most other dental procedures today are totally painless. They are made of bio-compatible materials, just like the hip implants or other orthopedic devices, and function mainly as anchors for traditional forms of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures.

The pros of an implant at Richmond TX, that would impress you enough to go for the restoration are:

  1. Aesthetically, they provide support to those teeth that give you the most natural look and feel.
  2. Implants curtail the need for distasteful adhesives. The use “glue” is no longer required as your implants are now anchored to an oral part!
  3. Finally, they help maintain the bone structure thus supporting the facial tissues. This saves you from “shrinkage” or facial cosmetic changes.

Today, dental implants at Richmond TX have become one of the most preferred restorative choices among dentists and patients alike. The healing period requires you to re-visit your dentist. Nevertheless, these are worth the cause as receiving dental implants is a permanent and a long-lasting solution in the genre of restorative dentistry.

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