Get It Back, and Much More
If you’ve lost teeth, or are about to have some extracted, you’re facing many new limitations. You might only be able to eat soft foods because eating anything else causes you discomfort. You might not be able to speak clearly and naturally. The idea of smiling might embarrass you—especially if the missing teeth are in your smile zone. Your face may even take on a sunken, aged appearance if your tooth loss leads to bone recession.
The good news is, you have many solutions to recover your smile, including dental bridges and dental implants, which offer the function and esthetics of real teeth, jaw protection and unequaled longevity. You may be surprised at how quickly you’re able to eat, speak, laugh and smile again once your teeth are replaced by our team at Garazi Periodontics & Dental Implants. If you have failing or missing teeth in Miami, FL, reach out to us. We’ll help you find the tooth replacement solution you need for a complete, confident and healthy smile!
Life with Missing Teeth
Why Replace Damaged or Missing Teeth?
If treatments like root canals, gum disease therapy and restorative dentistry are ineffective, damaged, infected and failing teeth should be removed to protect–your dental health–and even your systemic health! Unless they’re wisdom teeth or extra teeth that are causing overcrowding in your mouth, most teeth should be replaced after removal. Apart from the ways tooth loss can decrease your quality of life, it can also trigger a sort of “domino effect” in your health. Without natural tooth roots stimulating healthy bone growth, your bone will begin to deteriorate beneath the empty tooth socket. This will spread, and can even lead to additional tooth loss in adjacent teeth. Replacing your tooth before extensive bone loss can occur will help prevent unnecessary additional harm, as well as the need for bone grafting procedures. If your bone is stable enough or has received bone reconstructive treatment, you’ll have the option between dental bridges, dentures and dental implants for your new, complete smile.
Solutions from a Tooth Replacement Specialist
As a specialist, our periodontist is uniquely qualified to replace missing teeth and any resulting bone and soft tissue loss. Periodontists are known for being gum experts, but also receive extensive training in complex bone grafting techniques and a wide range of tooth replacements, including dental implants. Along with expertise in restorative solutions for missing teeth, our periodontist has the unique training in soft tissue treatments that will optimize the natural esthetics as well as the function, of your new smile. No matter how many missing teeth in Miami, FL you have, our periodontist and dental team are here to help!
Remedies for Missing Teeth
Dental Implants with a fixed tooth replacement
The best overall tooth replacement option available today is dental implants. They are the most natural-looking solution, and with proper care, they can last decades! Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth. Comprised partly of titanium, dental implants replace tooth roots to protect your jawbone - and thus, your facial shape - from deterioration. What’s more, they allow you to eat anything you want—hard foods, sticky foods, chewy foods, and whatever your favorites might be.
Implant-Supported removable Dentures
For stability, dentures can be anchored in your jawbone by dental implants. Implant supported dentures won't slip out of place or irritate your gums, but they do need to be removed daily for cleaning. Implant supported dentures not only offer healthy bone stimulation, which prevents bone loss, they also help increase your confidence!
In the event that dental implants are not a good option for you, dental bridges are a suitable alternative. For one missing tooth or a series of missing teeth, dental bridges are frequently the first solution many patients think of. Dental bridges are made of a series of crowns that span the gap left behind by tooth loss. Requiring one or more adjacent teeth (called the abutment teeth) as the foundation of the bridge, this solution requires us to remove some enamel from the adjacent teeth, in order to place the dental bridge in Miami, FL. Once placed, this esthetic solution prevents any shifting of adjacent teeth.
Removable Dentures and Partials
Dentures are a time-tested, economical solution to tooth loss. They fit over your gums and stay in place using suction or adhesive creams, but must be removed daily. They fit over your gums and stay in place using suction or adhesive creams, but need to be removed daily for cleaning. Dentures are often unstable, and can become uncomfortable when speaking and eating. You can have full or partial dentures; full dentures cover entire arches of teeth, essentially replacing all your teeth, while partial dentures take the place of a few missing teeth in a row or throughout an arch. As with bridges, this solution does not prevent bone loss, so in the future, will require adjustments or additional treatment as the bone recedes. You may also find this solution uncomfortable.
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