When teeth have been lost or extracted, it is important for patients to consider the benefits of restoring their smiles for a number of reasons. First of all, missing teeth are unattractive, especially those near the front of the mouth. This can cause patients to become very self-conscious. The gaps from these teeth can also result in shifting of the remaining teeth. This creates even more spaces in the smile and requires the use of orthodontics to restore even spacing. Patients may also experience reduced chewing and biting efficiency.
At Rush Creek Dentistry, we strongly suggest that patients speak with a dental professional as soon as possible to learn about tooth replacement options available in the Arlington area.
Tooth replacement can be accomplished in several ways. The primary replacement options include bridges, dentures, and dental implants.
Dental bridges are a common, long-term option for repairing a smile after tooth loss. Bridges are made from dental crowns and false teeth (called pontics) which are bonded together and placed over the adjacent teeth for support. A bridge fills the gap and restores chewing and biting efficiency. Bridges are made of porcelain which is both beautiful and strong.
Many patients think of dentures as the full prosthetics worn by their grandparents that may have looked fake and ill-fitting. Over the years there have been advances in materials and techniques. Patients are now enjoying much higher quality dentures. Full dentures include acrylic teeth and gums and replace an entire arch, while partial dentures are used to replace one or multiple teeth within the arch, using a metal and acrylic framework which snaps into place.
Patients who want a long-lasting solution for extracted teeth may choose dental implants. These titanium screws are implanted into the jawbone and topped with beautiful porcelain dental crowns. They are ideal for replacing just one tooth, several, or an entire arch. Dental implants can also be used to support full dentures for stability and confidence in smiling, speaking, and chewing.
If you need to have teeth extracted, call Rush Creek Dentistry today. We handle simple and surgical extractions, and provide options for replacement.