Losing a tooth, whether it’s due to decay, injury, or wear, can be embarrassing and upsetting. The fact is, though, that according to the American College of Prosthodontics, 178 million people are missing at least one tooth, and 35 million have no teeth at all.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Amy Au has extensive experience in replacing teeth with dental implants. She can complete the entire process, from placement to restoration, right here at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry.
A missing tooth is more than an esthetic problem. If a missing tooth isn’t replaced, you will develop more complex conditions like changes in speech patterns, bone resorption, and soft tissue contour. The teeth adjacent to the space will tilt forward, which closes the bite and moves teeth out of alignment.
Missing teeth can also lead to overloading or additional stress on adjacent teeth, which leads to increased wear and possible breakage of otherwise healthy teeth. We always recommend tooth replacement to ensure proper oral function.
It used to be that the only option for replacing a missing tooth was a three-unit bridge supported by adjacent teeth. Unfortunately, this meant sacrificing adjacent healthy tooth structure to create enough room for the restorations to fit correctly. It is essentially a two-teeth solution to a one-tooth problem!
Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, we are now able to offer our patients the option of replacing a missing tooth with a single-tooth dental implant. Using implants enables us to conserve healthy tooth structure of adjacent teeth when the implant is placed in the missing space. Dental implants also have a much higher success rate than conventional fixed bridges – up to 95% for most cases.
The advantages of using dental implants to replace missing teeth include:
Since we anchor the dental implant in your jaw, we have several restoration options. Single crowns are the most common restorative procedure; however, we can also use implants to provide support for a fixed dental bridge or dentures.
There are various ways we use implants to secure dentures. The basic procedure involves placing up to four dental implants at different points in the jaw. We design your dentures with attachments that correspond to the location of the implants. When the process is complete, you are left with beautifully natural dentures that fit and feel as much like natural teeth as possible.
There is a lot to consider when you are making the decision about tooth replacement. If you are interested in learning how dental implants can restore your oral health, confidence, and appearance, please call our Berkeley, CA dental office. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you arrange a consultation with Dr. Au.
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