An Overview Of Tooth Replacement Treatments From Our Elmhurst Dentists

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jul 30, 2019

Tooth loss is no small dental issue; even a single missing tooth can negatively impact dental aesthetics as well as oral health. Our Elmhurst dental implant dentists offer a number of tooth replacement treatments, to help our patients get back on track, and loving their smiles again.

Depending on your situation, you may benefit from:

  • Bridges—these replacement teeth sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue, and they are held in place with small brackets that are attached to adjacent teeth.
  • Dentures—dentures are designed to replace consecutive missing teeth; full dentures replace all of the teeth along a patient’s top or bottom jaw bone.
  • Individual dental implants—these single replacement teeth are held in place with small titanium screws or posts that extend into the jaw tissue. They are permanent, and easy to care for.
  • Implant-anchored prostheses—titanium implant roots can additionally be used to anchor larger prostheses, like dentures. It takes only a few implant roots to secure a full denture.

Our Elmhurst dentists will help you choose the perfect tooth replacement option for your smile; we will consider:

  • The extent of your tooth loss

If you have lost many teeth, it may be most efficient and cost-effective to utilize dentures or bridges. It’s also important to keep in mind that rampant tooth loss can lead to bone tissue deterioration, so you may benefit from strategically placed titanium implant roots.

  • Overall health of your smile

As part of your evaluation, we’ll assess the current health of your smile, including your jaw bone tissue density. In order to undergo dental implant treatment, for example, a patient does need an adequate amount of jaw bone to ground the implant root.

  • Timeline for treatment

Generally speaking, the dental implant treatment process takes longer to complete than bridge or denture treatment.

  • Post-treatment maintenance and care requirements

Dental implants are simple to care for, and fit pretty seamlessly into the patient’s daily routine; you’ll be able to care for your dental implants Justas you care for your natural teeth. Dentures and bridges require some additional steps to maintain.

We hope that after reading through his short article, you have a better idea of what’s possible with state-of-the-art restorative treatment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Elmhurst dental implant dentists to learn more!