Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental Implants are a great advancement in dentistry as they permanently replace missing teeth in a way that no previous dental technique was able to accomplish. Implants are anchors made out of the strongest titanium materials, that are implanted into the bone and then covered with a cap or denture.
There are many ways to replace missing teeth, one of which is a fixed dental bridge. Bridges are basically false teeth that are attached to the adjoining teeth to fill in the gap where teeth are missing. There are several steps to creating a fixed dental bridge, which will be thoroughly explained by our staff, if we feel a fixed bridge is necessary in your situation.
What you most need to know about fixed dental bridges is that the procedure is done under local anesthetic, so it is not painful and doesn't generally need follow-up pain medications. Fixed bridges are made to match your natural teeth, so once they are in place, they will not be able to be distinguished from your natural teeth.
If extreme dental decay is prevalent and you don't want to go through the process of several dental implants, then removable dentures would probably be the best solution for you. There are several types of dentures that can be made, whether they're partial or full dentures. If you have some teeth that are not severely decayed and can be saved, then a partial denture can be made that can be taken out regularly for cleaning. If none of your teeth can be saved, then a full denture would be planned.
Some people prefer to wait until their gums heal after an extraction before they have dentures made. This can take several months, at which time you would be waiting for the gums to heal completely before having dentures made. On the other hand, some people prefer to have dentures fitted immediately so they don't have to go without teeth. When that is the decision, you'll need to realize that resizing the dentures is highly possible and that would take place after the full healing process has taken place.
Once again, if this is a procedure that is necessary for you, our staff and doctor would make sure you have a complete understanding before anything would be done.