A missing tooth is the most obvious dental malformity, and often presents the dentist’s biggest technical challenge. Missing teeth can also undermine a person’s self-confidence and quality of life. Not only can missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance, the condition can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and the abnormal shifting of the other teeth as well as bite problems. Missing teeth often causes the look of premature aging.
Dr. Hagood has had great success in replacing missing teeth either with dental implants or with fixed bridges. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, Dr. Hagood is able to provide the service that is most appropriate for you.
Dental implants have become our favored way to replace missing teeth whenever possible. Acting as a substitute tooth root, implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The dental implant actually helps preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This helps maintain the integrity of facial structures.
There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. For instance, it is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to them with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth. By utilizing dental implants, people may be spared the many problems associated with traditional false teeth.
If you have questions about dental implants, please contact Vero Beach Art of Dentistry for more information.
Bridges are another treatment option when replacing missing teeth. Choosing the best treatment option depends upon the condition of the teeth adjacent to the space, bone condition, gum appearance, esthetic concerns, prognosis of the restoration, age of the patient, and budget considerations.
For our patients who desire removable partials or dentures, our office refers to excellent dentists who specialize in these procedures called prosthodontists. For more information or questions about tooth replacement, please contact Vero Beach Art of Dentistry.