Tooth Replacement Options

Despite advances in dentistry and oral hygiene, tooth loss remains a problem for many people in the United States.  Tooth loss can be an embarrassing problem affecting your confidence, your self-esteem and your overall quality of life.  It can also cause serious dental problems such as gum disease and bone loss.  If you are missing a tooth, it is important to replace it to protect the health of your remaining teeth.

Today’s tooth replacement options include bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants.  Each of these options has its unique advantages and disadvantages.

A bridge is a restorative dental procedure used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  It consists of a pontic (false tooth), held in place by crowns that are attached to the abutment teeth.  A bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these.

A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base.  The partial denture is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture into place.  A partial denture is used when there are remaining teeth on the upper or lower arch.  If there are no remaining teeth on the upper or lower arch, a full denture is used to replace all the teeth.

Dental implants are prosthetic anchors that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they have healed and have fused with the jawbone, they can be used as anchors for crowns, bridges and partial dentures.  Although dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options, they are considered to be the most effective, long-term tooth solution and allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, schedule a consultation with a qualified restorative dentist in your local area.  He or she can review your dental history, examine your teeth and help determine the best tooth replacement option to suit your needs as well as your lifestyle and your budget.

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New and Improved Dentures

In the past, the process of getting dentures required about five different visits to the dentist’s office and about thirty days to receive the final product.  Advances in technology and dentistry now make it possible for patients to get their dentures in about ten days with significantly less chair time. This new way of manufacturing dentures is called the Dentca CAM (computer aided manufacturing)/CAD (computer aided design) system.  This faster and more cost effective method of producing dentures is currently being offered in dental offices throughout the United States.

The Dentca CAM/CAD denture system takes the margin of human error out of the process and allows for a faster, more cost effective method of manufacturing  dentures.  This results in less lab manufacturing time and fewer visits to the dental office for the patient.  The Dentca CAM/CAD denture system requires just one visit prior to final delivery.  During this visit, the dentist takes an initial impression of the patient’s gum.  While the CAD system manipulates the impression to create accurate three dimensional photo simulations of how the denture is going to look, the CAM system controls mechanical tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of the dentures.  By taking away the human labor, these dentures are created in a dramatically shorter period of time with no margin for error.  The result is faster, more efficient and better fitting dentures.

If you would like more information about the Dentca CAM/CAD denture system, talk to a qualified dentist in your local area. If your dentist does not offer the Dentca CAM/CAD denture system, find one who does!

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Tooth Loss in the United States

Despite advances in dentistry, tooth loss remains a problem for many American adults.  In fact, according to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004), 3.75% of Americans adults aged 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth. According to the same report, the mean number of remaining teeth for American adults aged 50 -64 is 22.30.

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited.  Now patients with missing teeth have a variety of tooth replacement options including the following:  bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants.

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to fill the gap between at least two teeth. With a bridge, a pontic or false tooth is supported on either side by the adjacent or abutment teeth.  A removable or partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.  Full dentures are upper and lower plates that take the place of a full set of teeth.  Lastly, dental implants are prosthetic screws or anchors that are inserted into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they are fused with the bone in the jaw, a crown, bridge or partial denture may be secured to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.  Of the four options mentioned above, dental implants are the only option that provides for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants are a more costly solution than the other options, however, if properly maintained, dental implants can last for a patient’s lifetime.

Replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining good oral health and protecting your remaining teeth.  If you are currently missing a tooth or teeth, talk to a qualified dentist in your local area about the tooth replacement options available to you.

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