Implants and Prosthetic Treatment for Tooth Loss
Prosthetic Treatment for Tooth Loss Losing teeth can be traumatizing!
Gum disease and dental decay are major causes of tooth loss. This tooth loss may have debilitating effects such as bone loss, difficulty eating and speaking and loss of one’s self esteem. Dr. Osterbauer is highly skilled in helping patients find the right solution for tooth loss, reclaim a youthful smile and improve ability to chew and speak comfortably.
Having gum disease doesn’t automatically mean dentures are inevitable. If caught early, the care plan may be as simple as teeth cleaning at the dental office and continued oral care at home. Regular visits are important for catching the warning signs early and helping patients to restore tooth health and retain one’s natural teeth.
What are My Tooth-replacement Options?
There are, however, instances where a tooth or multiple teeth are damaged or lost due to dental disease, severe malnutrition, genetic defects, trauma, or drug use. When this occurs, there are a number of solutions to be considered for tooth replacement. Replacement of missing teeth is known as prosthetic treatment. Removable partial dentures are often used for patients who are missing some or many of their teeth on a particular arch. Partial dentures tend to be held in place by attaching to the remaining natural teeth and resting on the gums. Another option, Fixed partial dentures or “bridges,” are fitted on teeth surrounding missing spaces. They are more stable than removable appliances but require healthy neighboring teeth on which to anchor and cannot replace as many teeth as removable partial dentures can. A third option is dental implants. For some patients, these are a fine option. Be aware, however, that these tend to be more involved and more expensive due to their surgical nature.
Complete dentures are needed by patients who have no serviceable teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) arch or both arches. They use the residual ridge of the jaw, muscular coordination and suction to stay in place. If there is little residual bone present, this can create a challenge for providing stable dentures. In this case, strategically placed implants can provide a very secure fit for the dentures.
For many patients, one or more of these solutions are reasonable options. When it is indicated, we will create attractive, well-fitting dentures. Enjoy the many benefits in chewing ability, improved natural appearance, better ease of speaking and a boost to your self-esteem as you experience the just right answer to your tooth loss!
Even with the greatest care people can lose teeth or some people are born without all of their teeth. Dental implants can replace missing or lost teeth; they can even replace multiple teeth or help with retention of a denture.
Dental implants are generally made of titanium and are surgically placed in your jaw. After a few months an abutment and crown are placed on the implant. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and like your natural teeth they require regular home care and professional dental cleanings.
To find out if this procedure is right for you or someone you know please do not hesitate to contact us at 612 781 9270 for a free consultation. Following implant placement Dr. Osterbauer and staff will work closely to develop the best care plan for you. Follow up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
St Anthony Village Dental Care is excited to announce that we have added mini implants to the services we provide. While we will continue to offer regular implants, mini implants are about half the size of regular implants and can be used in situations where there is not enough room for regular implants.
Contact us to schedule a tooth replacement evaluation If you would like to learn more about the tooth replacement solutions offered here at St. Anthony Village Dental Care, schedule a free consultation to speak with Dr. Osterbauer give us a call, 612-781-9270.