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The sooner you replace missing teeth, the better.
Your teeth are supported by their roots, the jawbone, and adjacent teeth. This means that once you lose one tooth, other teeth will loosen over time and tilt toward the open space. This can lead to further tooth loss in the long run.
The good news is that we can prevent this from happening by taking action now.
Here are some of the restorative dental options Dr. Habecker may discuss with you during your next appointment.
1.) Dental Implants
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to anchor a crown. Many of our patients appreciate that dental implants look and function like natural teeth. A tooth implant fuses with your jawbone over time so it won’t slip like dentures. Dental implants can last a lifetime if given proper care.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants stimulate jawbone tissue so it doesn’t disintegrate over time. Jawbone deterioration is a serious issue because it affects your oral health and the shape of your face. Dental implants also help hold adjacent teeth in place so they don’t loosen and eventually fall out.
To be a, you must have healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue, our dentist may recommend a bone graft. While dental implants are more invasive than other tooth replacement options, they’re also more long-lasting.
2.) Dental Bridges
As the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap in your smile left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth anchored on both sides by crowns on either natural teeth or implants.
Your dentist may recommend a dental bridge if you don’t want to wait months for a dental implant to fuse to your jawbone. A dental bridge can be made in one appointment if we use CEREC.
Whether you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may want to ask about getting full or partial dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that help you eat and speak normally after major tooth loss.
Whileslip occasionally when you sneeze or cough, this can be easily corrected by biting down gently and swallowing. If you notice your dentures slipping more often, don’t hesitate to call our office to see about getting your dentures refitted.
While wearing dentures, it’s important you continue taking care of your oral health. We recommend brushing your gums to avoid plaque buildup in empty sockets. Otherwise bleeding gums could make it painful to wear your dentures.
You’ll also need to keep your dentures submerged in water or cleanser any time they’re not in your mouth to avoid cracking and warping.
Our dentist may recommend dental implants, bridges, or dentures to replace missing teeth. To determine if you’re a candidate for any of these procedures, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Habecker.
During your appointment, our dentist will help you review your tooth replacement options. We’ll also examine the inside of your mouth and take X-rays to determine the best way to restore your oral health.
The sooner you schedule an appointment, the more likely we’ll be able to prevent further tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. To learn more, be sure to check out our blog post on why it’s important to replace missing teeth.
Request an Appointment With Dr. Habecker
Dr. Brenton Habecker would be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options. As a dentist in Holland, MI, he’s dedicated to helping his patients improve their oral health and overall wellbeing. To request an appointment, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524.
This blog post has been updated.