How We Replace Missing Teeth 

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Missing teeth can cause a number of issues, ranging from cosmetic problems to overall health problems and even emotional problems. If you have missing teeth, you’re not alone. We want to help you restore your smile with our restorative dentistry services here at Niles Family Dentistry. 

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases. According to Colgate, in restorative dentistry, your dentist may suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored, or even missing. 

Replace Missing Teeth at Niles Family Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the process of restoring the mouth to normal after tooth loss. At Niles Family Dentistry, we offer several options to replace teeth missing teeth. Commonly, teeth are missing due to injury, decay, or other reasons. Our most common procedures to replace missing teeth include:

Implant Restorations

A dental implant is a tooth restoration for patients that have lost one or more teeth because of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that Dr. Niles will surgically position into the jaw to replace the root of the lost tooth. 

Once in place and the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a crown, which serves as a replacement tooth is attached to the implant post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. Further, they are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support. This means they do not weaken the remaining teeth the way a bridge can. 

Implants effectively keep a one tooth problem a one tooth problem, rather than involving additional teeth the way a bridge does. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Partial or Full Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available: partial and full/complete dentures. Partial dentures are for patients who have natural teeth still remaining. Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in one or both arches (upper and lower). Dentures can be made to resemble or improve upon your natural teeth. In fact, dentures may be the best way to restore your smile to a close-to-natural appearance. 

Implant Retained Dentures

An implant retained partial denture is a denture that is secured in place with dental implants and can be removed from the mouth during sleep or when the dentures need to be cleaned. However, unlike conventional dentures which simply slip into place, these partials are anchored to fixed titanium posts embedded in the jawbone that emulate natural tooth roots.

One of the biggest benefits of implant retained partial dentures is that the implants keep the jawbone constantly stimulated when you chew and eat. With this, patients are less likely to experience bone recession that always happens when natural teeth are missing. Implant retained dentures are much better for patients than standard because of this. 

Implant retained partial dentures are also intended to evenly distribute chewing forces over the entirety of the arch and surrounding. This makes them work more like natural teeth, and to act in harmony with remaining natural teeth. A person with these special partials can better enjoy daily life and eating without stress, discomfort, or embarrassment.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Did you know that only a few of us will make it through life with a full set of teeth? By the time we turn 50, the average American has lost up to 12% of their teeth due to decay, gum disease, or injury. 

The goal of replacing missing teeth is to help you maintain your oral health. If you have missing teeth, you risk weakening your jaw bone, having your bite move out of place, having sagging skin around the mouth, and not being able to talk or eat like normal. 

The best way to have a healthy smile is to maintain your oral health. Whether this means caring for your mouth early on to prevent losing teeth to gum disease or tooth decay, or by replacing missing teeth so you can begin to have better oral health, our team at Niles Family Dentistry is here for you. Call us today to make an appointment at (720)-744-0001.

 

Ashley Niles

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