Because looking and feeling good are important to us all, it is wise to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout life.
Over 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth and 178 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth. Regular dental visits and early intervention significantly reduce the need to extract teeth.
Loss of teeth happens from dental decay, gum or periodontal disease, result of injury or excessive wear from habits like grinding and teeth clenching.
All teeth work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced to restore function and smiles.
A Dental implant is much like a natural tooth where a metal post in placed into the bone beneath the gum. It fuses to the bone and acts like the root of a tooth. When the metal post is secure in the bone, a crown is designed and fabricated to blend with the other teeth in the mouth. Dental implants also can be used to anchor loose dentures. Dental implants are safe, predictable and secure but not an option for everyone.
Fixed Bridge is a restoration of one or more adjoining teeth by anchoring onto the teeth adjacent to the space. These restorations are cemented or bonded and therefore remain in the mouth permanently without the need to remove and clean them. This option involves tooth preparation and reduction of the anchor teeth.
Removable partials and dentures are the least invasive and are readily taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Removables usually have replacement teeth attached to gum colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework and are either supported by embracing natural teeth or by simply resting over the gum tissue. Over time, with age and bone changes, the removable may no longer fit well and may need periodic modifications.
How best to replace missing teeth is an important decision.
For a thorough evaluation and discussion on choices, call 909 627 6699 or visit www.mydentistchino.com