We often take for granted the value of our teeth until one, or more, is lost or unsalvageable. Teeth may have been lost for several reasons. An accident, long term periodontal (gum) disease, decades of decay or being born with one or more missing teeth, also referred to as congenitally missing, are some of the reasons we need to replace a missing tooth. Missing teeth can cause a laundry list of side effects and issues including headaches, loss of ability to properly chew food, collection of food and debris, which makes keeping your mouth clean and free of debris difficult, in addition to the simple fact of the lost tooth. Longer term there can be speech issues and the slow shifting of your teeth into the newly opened space resulting in the change of your bite, loss of bone and orthodontic issues. Despite the different ways you may have come to this end result, there are choices of how to replace your missing tooth, but today we are going to discuss implant replacement options.
Implant Supported Crowns are a single or multiple missing teeth option. Each “space” has a single implant surgically placed that is supported by a crown and connected with an abutment. The implant is placed in bone, creating a stable foundation. Once the healing period is over, Dr. Weisbard scans the implant and between software and technology, we are able to deliver an excellent experience no longer requiring multiple impressions. The lab then fabricates a custom abutment to connect the implant and crown. We are able to do multiple implants, each with their own crown, that best mimic what your natural dentition was. With proper home care and regular checkups, your implant(s) may last a lifetime.
Implant Supported Bridges: An implant supported bridge is attached to multiple implants, from two to seven total implants, to replace consecutive or non-consecutive missing teeth or even to support a long span of missing teeth. Implant supported bridges do not rely on adjacent natural teeth for support and are self-sustaining. Therefore, if more natural teeth are lost, it has no impact on the work previously done. These are permanently cemented may last a lifetime.
Implant Supported Dentures: The main advantage to implant supported dentures is they are non-removable, which solves a host of issues that denture wearers suffer from and have always had complainants about. To replace a full arch of missing teeth, we use four to seven implants, spaced in the best remaining bone. This a far more secure and permanent solution. Implant retained dentures reverse many of the aspects of facial collapse, due to loss of teeth and bone. You may notice the nose and chin are far closer together without teeth and this changes the facial appearance and symmetry for the better, increasing vertical dimension and restoring symmetry. Your appearance drastically changes when this occurs, often instantly improving aging and droop. In addition, when there is not a permanent replacement made to lost teeth, there can be major muscle change and loss which leads to losing your ability to maintain a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and proteins that you can no longer chew and therefore make it impossible to properly digest food.
At Weisbard Dental, we work closely with each patient to tailor a plan to you and your needs. While all of these solutions are multiple appointment options, we always have temporary solutions during the process, to ensure your aesthetic wants and needs are met during the process. Implant supported tooth replacement is not the only solution available, but it is almost always the best solution for tooth replacement, long term stability and quality of life. Next week, we will offer other short and long term solutions for tooth loss.
Dr. Weisbard is pleased to offer a complimentary consultation, review your dental goals and recommend the appropriate solutions for your oral health and confidence. To bring back that brilliant smile, please call 303.773.3373 or you may schedule online at Weisbarddental.com.