There are many different reasons that a patient may lose a tooth, but no matter how a tooth is lost—due to injury or infection—all missing teeth can be harmful to a patient’s oral health. In order to minimize the negative effects of tooth loss, it’s important that you seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible after losing a tooth. Our Saint Louis dentist office offers treatment options for patients suffering from tooth loss, and we tailor these treatments to fit our patients’ individual needs.
What kind of tooth replacement treatments you use will depend on your health needs, the aesthetic you want to achieve, and your personal preferences. The more information you have about different options, the better you’ll be able to make a decision that works for you. So today I’m going to review a very useful tooth replacement option—mini dental implants.
If you’re living with tooth loss, you probably already know about dental implants—the replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. These individual replacement teeth are implanted in the jawbone—they help preserve healthy bone density, and they are exceptionally stable.
Mini dental implants are essentially the same thing—they are just smaller than traditional dental implants. The roots of mini dental implants are quite thin, so they can be placed in the jawbone with less invasive surgery.
Mini dental implants are used to:
· Replace small teeth in compact areas of the mouth
· Anchor existing dentures and bridges
· Help patients who have diminished jawbone density that cannot support full size dental implants
Mini dental implants are great for a wide variety of patients. Your dentist will help you determine whether they can help you, too! Don’t hesitate to give our Saint Louis dental implant dentist office a call to schedule your own dental implants consultation.
If you already have dentures that you love, or if you know that you want to replace missing teeth with a denture, then implant-stabilized dentures might be perfect for you. Our Saint Louis dentures dentists use implant roots to make dentures more comfortable, natural looking, and secure.
So let’s learn more about how dental implant roots can be used with dentures for exceptional results.
If you already have dentures, our dental team will take a look at them to see
1. how they fit now
2. whether they can be retrofitted to be compatible with implant roots
3. how many implant roots will likely be necessary to stabilize the denture
If it turns out that you are a good candidate for implant stabilized dentures, our dental team will plot out where along your gum line we will surgically insert the implant roots. Generally, it takes only about four implants to keep a full denture in place.
The dentures that you use with your implant roots will be specially designed on the bottom, so that the denture will fit snugly into place over the implant roots that extend out of your gum tissue. Once the implant is in place, it will be attached permanently in your smile.
An implant-stabilized denture allows the patient to speak naturally, and eat and drink easily. These dentures also look natural; you don’t have to worry about them sliding around or popping out of your mouth when you’re going through your daily life.
If you want to learn more about all of your tooth replacement options, including dentures and dental implants, please feel free to contact our Saint Louis dentures dentists at your convenience. And please know that no matter how many teeth you are currently missing, our dental team can help you reclaim a beautiful and strong smile.
Our Saint Louis dental office is committed to helping patients smile even after tooth loss. Although it can be traumatizing to lose a tooth, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile forever. With modern dentistry, you really can have a beautiful, strong smile for years to come.
· The most common cause of tooth loss among adults is actually periodontal disease. If left to progress untreated, gum disease can infect the bone and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. As these tissues deteriorate, your teeth become loose and eventually fall out.
· You may also lose teeth if you put of necessary dental care and allow cavities to grow. Although cavities begin at the outer dental enamel of the tooth, they move inward toward to the dental pulp, nerve endings, and connective tissues over time. Eventually your tooth will become so diseased that it has to be removed or it falls out.
· Some patients also lose teeth due to accident or trauma.
The good news is that no matter why you lose a tooth, there are restorative dental treatments that can help you regain your stellar smile. Our office provides dental implants and dentures in Saint Louis—two effective and aesthetically pleasing replacement tooth options.
Dentures sit on top of the gum line. They restore the seamless look of your smile, and they allow patients to eat, drink, and speak comfortably. Dental implants are individual replacement teeth that are surgically implanted where the tooth used to sit. Many patients chose dental implants because they look and feel like natural teeth.
As a patient, the best thing you can after losing a tooth is to contact your dentist right away. With prompt treatment, you can avoid many of the long-term complications of tooth loss. Our Saint Louis dentists are here for you—give us a call or schedule your appointment online!
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