We typically associate February with the month of love. It’s easy to show love to friends and family, but do you show love to your teeth? Your teeth are pretty important! Not only are they the first stage in eating and digestion, but a healthy set of teeth will keep you looking your very best.
No matter where that missing tooth is, it’s absence can seriously impede your ability to bite and chew normally and forming your words may be difficult, with your speech sounding slurred.
The loss of a permanent tooth leads to a whole host of other problems as well. It can leave your other teeth vulnerable to gum disease, decay, and bone loss, which will make it much harder to restore the mouth later.
Solutions to Replace Missing Teeth
Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS offers several solutions for replacing missing teeth and restoring your beautiful smile.
A bridge fills the space that a tooth previously occupied with one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the remaining teeth on either side for support. A bridge not only replaces the missing teeth, but provides both functionality and an aesthetic appearance. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are several bridges to choose from, depending on which tooth is missing.
This consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
This is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a composite resin made to match your existing tooth color.
This bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the space where your tooth is missing. The filler tooth is connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space.
Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge may have an artificial tooth suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
Dental implants are stronger than natural teeth and, unlike a bridge, they don’t depend on neighboring teeth for support. A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jaw to replace the root of the lost tooth. Once the bone surrounding the implant heals, a crown, which serves as a replacement tooth, is attached to the implant post. Implants effectively keep your one tooth problem isolated to that one tooth, rather than involving additional teeth the way a bridge does.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone. 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.
Make An Appointment Today
Take the time during the month of February to show your teeth some love and visit Dr. Evanson. Her office is located at 17167 E. Cedar Gulch Parkway #202 in Parker, Colorado, providing easy access to patients in the communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Make an appointment online or call to schedule an appointment today at (720) 409-0008.
Let Dr. Evanson replace your missing teeth so you can love the kind of smile you’ve been hoping for!