Ways to replace missing teeth in the mouth
Statistically over the course of ones lifetime we are likely to lose one or more teeth for various reasons. Perhaps you’ve had issues with severe tooth decay, late-stage periodontal disease, or trauma. With missing teeth, patients often experience problems such as the shifting of existing teeth, bone resorption, or ineffective chewing and speaking. Often patients with anterior tooth loss may feel less than confident with their smile or facial appearance. Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their experienced team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island work regularly with their patients to help them choose a tooth replacement option appropriate for their unique situation. In certain situations, in addition to local anesthetic, the apprehensive or anxious patient may require conscious sedation. Dr. Dean Glasser is Certified in the administration of Enteral or Oral Conscious Sedation. The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide a more suitable and comfortable state of relaxation for the patient as they proceed through their course of treatment. Below are just a few of the more common ways in which a patient might choose to replace one or more missing teeth:
- Dental bridge – a dental bridge “bridges the gap” between natural teeth where one or more teeth are missing. This restoration is custom-made and uses the adjacent teeth for support. It is a fixed (cemented) prosthetic solution.
- Dental implant – dental implants are in high demand as they provide a more conservative option to drilling down adjacent teeth. They use a titanium screw design that functions as an artificial tooth root. They can be restored in many ways and continue to be a popular choice for permanent tooth replacement.
- Implant-Retained Bridges and Implant-Retained Dentures – a hybrid restoration of implants and dental prosthetics, the implant-retained dentures often referred to as "All on Four" or Bar Overdentures are a conservative alternative to full dentures. Implant supported crowns and bridges are often a great option as they feel and function in many ways like your original teeth. This is the strongest and most durable solution for extensive tooth loss.
- Partial denture – partial dentures have a metal framework and false natural-looking teeth. They slide into place and use the existing teeth for support. They are easy to remove and replace, ensuring they are simple to care for and keep clean.
- Full denture – a full denture is used in replacing all the teeth in the dental arch. It is typically made with acrylic and designed to look like natural teeth. They are the most economical solution for extensive tooth loss but provide the least function and natural feel.
Call Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island today
Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their team of caring professionals are ready and willing to assist new and current patients in the area of Melville, NY with their needs for tooth replacement. If you are interested in learning more about dentures, bridges, and dental implants, contact the office by calling (631) 423-6767. We are conveniently located at 458 Old Country Road.