Our Saint Louis restorative dentists understand that all of our dental patients are individuals; that is why we make sure to offer a variety of dental treatments to fit different people’s needs. In order to treat tooth loss, for example, you may benefit from dental implants or a customized denture. In this short article our dental team is providing a quick overview of the tooth replacement options offered in our office.
The traditional tooth replacement treatments are dentures and bridges. These dental prosthetics sit on top of the of the patient’s gum tissue, and replace missing teeth. A denture is designed to replace several consecutive missing teeth. Our dental team personalizes these prosthetics to suit the size, shape, and color of the patient’s natural teeth.
Thanks to breakthroughs in restorative dental technology our dentists are now able to permanently anchor your denture in your jaw tissue using small titanium roots. First, we place a few titanium roots in strategic spots along your jawline. Then, we attach your prosthetic to roots. Once your dental prosthetic is in place it will only be removable by a dentist.
The titanium roots that we use to anchor dentures actually come from the world of dental implant technology. Dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth; so, our dentist places one dental implant root for each lost tooth, then caps these roots with individual customized restorations. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth—you’ll find that once they are inserted they will look exceptionally natural, and be simple to care for. Dental implant roots come in a conventional size and a mini size, which is thinner.
No matter what type of restorative treatment you end up choosing, the important thing is that you seek tooth replacement treatment in a timely manner. Remember that tooth is not just an aesthetic problem—it can also damage the health of your entire smile.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to give you all of the information and guidance that you need—give us a call!