Walnut Creek, CA
Whether you lose one tooth or several, missing teeth can have a significant impact on your life. It can make eating difficult. It can also affect your self confidence. There is something you can do about it.
Traditionally, if you are missing only one tooth or a couple of teeth, a bridge is often given. This solution equips you with prosthetic teeth that are anchored with dental cement to the real teeth around the gaps. In order for them to fit these bridges between your teeth, the anchor teeth must be ground down. These bridges are meant to be permanent, but occasionally they can loosen or even fall out.
Another solution is dental implants. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants:
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth. No matter how many teeth are being replaced, implants are titanium posts that are fused into your jaw. Following tooth loss, your jawbone can deteriorate around where your teeth used to be. In order for fusion to be successful, the bone needs to be in good condition. Provided your jaw is still strong, these implants can be placed without a graft and they can slow and even stop the deterioration. The implants then act as a root to which the new teeth are attached.
This type of implant is meant for those who are missing only one or a couple of teeth. For each tooth, an implant is drilled and an abutment placed. A new tooth, which looks and acts like a real tooth, is then screwed or cemented to the abutment. Read more about Single Tooth Replacement.
When you are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs may choose to create a partial arch of replacement teeth rather than creating several individual teeth. Multiple implants are placed to support this implant supported fixed bridge. Depending on your doctor's evaluation, you could have only a couple of implants placed or you could have one for each individual tooth. Read more about Multiple Tooth Replacement.
In the event that you need to replace your full arch, you could choose to go with fixed overdentures. These new teeth are a permanent solution. Four or more implants are placed, which then support a full arch of teeth that are screwed on, removable only by your prosthodontist. They will only come off for maintenance. Read more about Fixed Overdentures.
Another full arch replacement solution is removable overdentures. Similar to fixed overdentures, four or more implants are placed into the jaw that are meant to support a full arch of replacement teeth. Rather than screwing on, though, the teeth snap or clip into place and can be removed by the patient for cleaning. Read more about Removable Overdentures.
No matter if you are replacing one tooth or several teeth, the surgery process is relatively the same. First, you have a consultation with your prosthodontist, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs. You will receive a complete exam as well as x-rays and a CT scan. On the day of your surgery, any necessary extractions will be performed and holes drilled. Your implants will be placed and you will receive a temporary prosthetic for your healing time. Once you have healed, you will be fitted for and receive your permanent replacement. Read more about Implant Surgery.
When you lose teeth, your daily life can be affected. For the best result to return to your normal routine, as well as prosthetics that look and act like real teeth, consider dental implants. Call us at (925) 266-3550 to learn more.