Replace Missing Teeth

Importance of Tooth Replacement

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. 

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When a tooth is lost, the bone that normally surrounds the tooth can melt or “resorb” away. Dental implants are more easily placed fairly soon (four months) after tooth loss, otherwise significant loss of bone volume can occur.  The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth in that they will often preserve the alveolar bone. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and Dr. Horalek  will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

For more information about Replacing Missing Teeth or to schedule a consult with Dr. Horalek, please use our Contact Us form or call our endodontic office in Raleigh, NC at Raleigh Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

Tooth Replacement Options | Why Choose Dental Implants?


Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions. A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate dental implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

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An illustration of a dental fixed bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Illustration of a removable retainer with a plastic upper tooth, also known as a flipper

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Illustration of a sturdy partial lower denture cast in metal and plastic

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

Illustration of a full denture to replace all missing teeth in the lower jaw

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

Illustration of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Why Select Dental Implants
Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a partial denture at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

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