Saint Louis Dentist Explains How Patients Can Restore Their Smiles After Tooth Loss

Written by Dr. Grayem on Dec 1, 2012

No one wants to lose a tooth—it’s an inconvenience that can also mar your smile. The good news is that patients today have effective, convenient dental options for replacing missing teeth. Our Saint Louis dental office offers different treatments to suit different patients—no matter what your situation, we’ll help you find a replacement tooth option that works for you.

Let’s start with dental implants, a revolutionary tooth replacement option. Dental implants are helping more patients than ever before enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles even after tooth loss. So how do they work? Dental implants are individual replacement teeth that are surgically embedded in the jawbone. A titanium screw roots the implant in the bone, and the root is then capped with a natural looking restorations. Dental implants last for years, and they can actually help you maintain jawbone density and oral health.

Dentures, on the other hand, sit on top of the bone and gum tissue. Dentures can replace multiple teeth, and they are a fairly expedient option. Unlike dental implants, you’ll take your dentures out when you sleep and to care for them and to clean them. Dentures adhere to your gum tissue with dental adhesive.

Bridges can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Like dentures they are removable and sit on top of the gum tissue. Bridges are held in place because they are attached to adjacent natural teeth (or dental implants).

When you’re thinking about replacement tooth treatments, it’s important that you find one that matches your needs and your daily life. Our Saint Louis dentists can help you determine what kind of replacement tooth is right for you. We’ll evaluate your dental health and talk to you about your expectations and daily dental hygiene routine. Together we can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy, and complete smile.