The loss of a tooth is devastating to your confidence, your oral health, and your quality of life. Eating becomes difficult, talking and smiling can be embarrassing, and your missing tooth is always on your mind. It's a good idea to think about replacing your tooth as soon as you can as it will also begin to affect your oral health.
For your dentist in Bridgeton, MO we will work hard to find the best solution for you. Dr. Kevin Burgdorf and his team are happy to help you with missing teeth replacement options.
Dental implants are truly the best solution when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. This is due to the fact implants replace both your root and tooth. Restoring your root is important because, without it, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. No other replacement option offers this kind of protection for your bone, which also ensures longevity since dental implants can potentially last a lifetime.
An implant is placed into your jaw where it integrates over time with surrounding bone and tissue because it is comprised of titanium, which is biocompatible. A crown is then attached to the implant after it has healed and integrated, so you have a fully functioning tooth that blends seamlessly with your smile.
Dental implants are also capable of restoring multiple missing teeth by supporting prosthetics such as a dental bridge, partial, or full denture.
A dental bridge can replace one or multiple adjacent teeth. It utilizes prosthetic teeth attached to dental crowns, which use your teeth as anchors. A dental bridge is designed to restore your smile, and keeping your anchor teeth clean promotes longevity.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are designed to replace a whole arch of teeth, while a partial replaces multiple missing teeth and still allows the patient to maintain a large number of healthy teeth. Both partials and dentures can be removable or designed to have implants support them for a more stable and secure fit.
Do you have more questions about which option might best suit your needs? Contact Dr. Burgdorf in Bridgeton, MO to schedule a consultation.