If you are missing one or more teeth, you might be wondering about your options. You may be concerned about embarrassment and self-consciousness, issues with eating all of your favorite foods, relationships with others and more.
If you are like many people, you might think that conventional, removable dentures are your only option, but today you have more options than ever before.
Replace one tooth
Missing one tooth? You can have a dental implant placed which is like an artificial root in the bone. It will keep the jawbone from melting away and allow your dentist to place a special, implant retained, porcelain crown. It’s the next best thing to growing a new tooth.
Missing several teeth?
Sometimes we can replace three or four teeth with just two implants. Say you are missing your upper four front teeth. Often we can place one implant on each side and replace all four front teeth with a permanent bridge. It looks and feels like your natural teeth.
Missing all your lower teeth?
Lower dentures are difficult to tolerate. The jaw bone melts away and it gets to the point where the denture has nothing to hold it in. If you have two or more lower implants placed the bone will be preserved and the denture will be held securely. You can stand on your head and it won’t come out!
Need to have all your teeth removed?
Today you often never need to be without fixed teeth. Implants can be placed at the same time that teeth are removed and fixed teeth can be place immediately. This is a fantastic new option called TeethXpress. This is a procedure similar to "Teeth in a Day" and "All on 4." It’s easier and more affordable than ever before.
Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.