Tooth loss can be caused by a variety of things, including periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, injury/trauma, and a lack of professional dental cleanings that causes bacteria and plaque build up within the mouth. Patients with missing teeth tend to be very hesitant to show their smiles. No one wants others to see that their smile isn’t complete. Thankfully with the help of cosmetic dentistry, missing teeth can be replaced and your smile can be made brand new.
With any patient who comes into a dental office with missing teeth, there are three go-to methods that most dentists can use to fix the problem: dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. The cosmetic dentistry procedure that fits you best will depend on the state of your oral health, how many teeth you’re missing, and other factors. In the end, all three procedures have proven to be effective in providing patients with a smile they can love again.
Out of all of the procedures that can be used to replace teeth, dental implants are usually the most costly and most intricate but they provide amazing results. With dental implants you’ll have a smile that is completely restored from the foundation up. Not only will you have all of your teeth again, the foundation of your smile will be practically as strong as it ever has been! Dental implants are designed so that they blend into your existing smile. No one will be able to tell that you were ever missing teeth! Patients who undergo the dental implants procedure often find that they love their smiles again and that eating, chewing, and even talking are once again effortless.
When installed properly, dental implants are extremely durable, even more so than your normal teeth! An added benefit with dental implants is that they encourage jaw bone retention which is something that dental bridges and dentures cannot provide.
When dental bridges are placed in a smile, they can be compared to the literal structural bridges we all know and drive over. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental bridges are used to bridge the gap that is created when you are missing a tooth or a few teeth. To support the bridge, two crowns are placed on the teeth located on either side of the gap. A false tooth is crafted between the two crowns, making your smile complete again. With dental bridges, chewing and biting feels much more comfortable as the force of doing so is eventually spread out among the teeth. Dental bridges also ensure that your natural teeth do not shift. If you have large gaps between your real teeth or if you have none of your natural teeth at all, dental implants or dentures are much more viable options.
If you are missing a lot of teeth or even an entire arch of teeth, dentures are the best option for you. We all know what dentures are as they have been used for centuries. However, it wasn’t until recently that dentures have actually become comfortable and practical. Dentures can be secured with traditional dental adhesive but for a more secure and reliable fix, they can also be secured using dental implants. When dentures are properly fitted and secured correctly using dental implants, you’ll find that your new smile is comfortable, natural, and entirely satisfying.
Is your smile missing a few teeth? Do you want to be able to enjoy a full smile again that you feel comfortable with and love showing off to others? With the use of either dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures, you can learn to love your smile again! With the help of Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins, your smile can be restored to a healthy, natural-looking state that wows you and those around you. Call us at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, today to take to the first step on the path to your new smile!
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788