Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons—ranging from infection to sporting accidents to poorly aligned bite surfaces. Once you lose a tooth, or multiple teeth, you want to seek treatment as soon as possible. There are obviously aesthetic issues to address, but, perhaps more importantly, untreated tooth loss can put you at risk for further dental damage or infection in the future.
So, what kinds of options do our Elmhurst dentists offer when it comes to restoring your smile?
This traditional tooth replacement option is designed to sit on top of the gum tissue. The bridge stays in place because it is attached to neighboring teeth. Bridges are used to replace single teeth as well as consecutive missing teeth.
Dentures are large dental prostheses that can replace a full complement of upper or lower teeth. The base of the denture is designed to look like gum tissue, and is molded to fit the patient’s jaw and gums. Denture adhesive can be used for extra stability.
Individual Dental Implants
Dental implant technology allows our dental team to replace the tooth root as well as the visible restoration. An individual dental implant is built of a titanium screw that extends into the jaw tissue, a connector piece called an “abutment,” and a porcelain dental restoration that is shaped, sized, and shaded to suit the patient. Dental implants stay in place permanently and are designed to last for decades.
Expanded Dental Implant Technology
Thanks to advancements in dental implant technology, our team can now use mini titanium roots to anchor larger prostheses, like dentures, into place. This technique allows you to replace consecutive teeth with just one treatment, while still reaping the benefits of permanent titanium stabilizers. This type of treatment can also be beneficial for people with diminished bone tissue.
Learn more by scheduling a consultation with our Elmhurst dental implant dentists!