Missing Teeth’s Impact on Your Health and Smile
When you have missing teeth, life becomes more difficult and perhaps even less enjoyable because you simply can’t feel confident with missing teeth that show. Tooth loss, however, is about more than just looks. Missing teeth reduce your food choices, and eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life. For some patients, a limited diet means poor nutrition, which perpetuates a cycle of disease and illness.
Holistic Dentistry for Missing Teeth
Dr. Katie takes a holistic approach to replace missing teeth. What works best for one patient may not work for the next, which is why we provide choices.
- Dental implants
- Fixed dental bridges
- Partial removable dentures
- Complete removable dentures
- Implant dentures
Are you curious about which of these options will work best for your smile? Dr. Katie will go over everything from your most ideal treatment to the one that will hold you over.
Dental Implants for Single and Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental implants require surgical placement but come with a few added benefits. They tend to keep bone from deteriorating as long as you care for them and look after your oral health. Dental implant treatment takes about 3-6 months from start to finish, but the results can last decades or even a lifetime.
With a 95 percent success rate, dental implants are a popular choice and generally only fail because of two conditions – periodontal disease and poor occlusion.
Periodontal gum disease leads to bone loss, which destroys the dental implant’s foundation.
Poor occlusion can also mean bone loss because of uneven pressure on the teeth, dental implant, and bone. Dr. Katie is an occlusion expert and will make sure your bite is even with T-scan technology when planning treatment.
Are you worried about metal? Rather than titanium, we also offer ceramic zirconia dental implants, while they are considered a “transitional metal” they are an option for patients who want what is commonly called “metal-free” dental implants.
Bridging the Gap in Your Smile
While dental implants are considered the gold standard to replace a missing tooth, some people prefer a non-surgical option to fill the gap in their smiles. Dental bridges rely on two crowns to support an artificial tooth to complete the smile. Dental bridges look natural and keep the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap, which protects your bite.
For multiple missing teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge can eliminate the need for a partial removable denture. Many patients find the stability of implant dentistry preferable to removable prosthetics.
Partial and Complete Removable Dentures
When patients are missing multiple teeth, dentures remain a reliable option. With both metal and non-metal alternatives, we can find a denture that works well for your health goals and lifestyle. Today’s denture teeth look natural and are made of biologically friendly materials that you can feel confident about.
Dental implants can secure dentures in place so that they do not move or shift. If you want to replace a full arch of teeth, this is an economical and practical alternative to single dental implant surgeries.
Your Smile Is Our Priority
Are missing teeth getting you down? If you want to eat healthier foods and feel great about how you look, contact our Katy, TX dental office to learn more about missing teeth and how to get your smile back.