Although advancements in dental care have helped many people keep their natural teeth much longer throughout their lives, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss. Today, several types of restorative dentistry treatments can restore the look and function of your smile. For those interested in replacing missing teeth, we offer this summary of how we assess single tooth replacement vs. multiple tooth replacement at our Fort Worth dental implant practice.
The Impact of Missing Teeth
Missing one or more teeth can have a serious impact on how you feel about yourself and how you are perceived by others. Because most people have trouble chewing, they give up their favorite foods and avoid eating in public, which can lead to poor dietary habits and malnutrition. Teeth are also essential for speech, and those who are missing teeth often have difficulty speaking clearly and communicating their needs.
One of the most significant effects of tooth loss, though, is the long-term impact on your overall health. The longer you wait to replace missing teeth, the greater the chances of other loose teeth, headaches, gum problems, and bone loss in your jaw. Tooth loss is also associated with an increased risk for heart disease. To protect your health and restore your ability to eat and speak properly, replacing missing teeth is highly recommended.
Options for Tooth Replacement
Depending on your needs and goals, the three types of restorative options that can replace missing teeth are:
- Dental implants
These three options are related and represent varying degrees of treatment. If you need to replace a single tooth, a dental implant can serve as an artificial root that we top with a permanent, natural-looking crown. For a few missing teeth in a row, we might recommend a bridge, which uses a dental implant to support the bridge. For those who need a full set of upper or lower teeth, we might recommend dentures supported by strategically placed small diameter implants.
Benefits of Implants, Dentures, and Bridges
In general, dental implants have a very high success rate of up to 98 percent. With proper care, implants can provide incredible, natural-looking dental support for an entire lifetime. Specific benefits include:
- Restored appearance of your smile
- Easier chewing and eating
- Improved ability to speak without the worry of slipping teeth
- Convenience of removable dentures that snap onto dental implants
- Durability and strength to last for many years
- Restored oral health and function
- Improved quality of life
As a dental implant practice, we offer immediate-load implants, which means that in some cases, patients can receive dental implants and the attached crown, bridge, or denture in a single visit. Our surgical team works with our on-site dental laboratory to deliver functional, impressive results customized for each patient.
Learn More about Tooth Replacement
We believe every patient deserves a healthy, functional, and beautiful set of teeth. If you are missing any of your teeth, one of these tooth restoration options might be right for you. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown to learn how single tooth replacement and multiple tooth replacement can restore your health and self-image.