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Your Dentist in Houston Explains Options For Replacing Missing Teeth

July 25, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — houstoncosmetic @ 7:43 pm

An elderly couple smiling.Your missing tooth has impacted your life for long enough! Are you ready to stop hiding your teeth when you smile? Are you ready to feel confident about eating again? Your dentist in Houston has great options to replace one or more missing teeth, and here is your guide to choosing which treatment is best for you.

A Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. It utilizes your healthy teeth to anchor with bridge with dental crowns. Customized prosthetic teeth that fill in the gap are attached to the crowns. The key to ensuring longevity with a bridge is to keep the anchor teeth clean and healthy.

Dentures and Partials

A denture is a removable appliance designed to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. It’s typically made of acrylic and customized to restore your facial structure and tooth function. Dentures rely on suction and a snug fit to stay in place, and you’ll need to have them adjusted, or relined periodically to maintain proper fit. There is a learning curve as you get used to talking and eating with them, but our patients appreciate how they immediately restore their smiles.

A partial denture is also a removable appliance designed for patients missing multiple teeth, but who still retain a large number of healthy teeth. It anchors to your remaining teeth with metal clasps and uses prosthetic teeth to fill in the open spaces much like a puzzle piece.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an ideal replacement for a single missing tooth because it restores both your tooth and your root. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jawbone, and because it is biocompatible, it naturally integrates with your bone over time. The implant acts like your root and keeps your bone healthy, while creating a firm foundation for your new tooth, or porcelain crown.

After an appropriate amount of time has passed for healing, your porcelain crown is placed. Because a dental implant closely mimics your natural tooth, you’ll enjoy all the function you had before, which means you’ll be eating, talking, and smiling again with ease.

Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth by supporting dental prosthetics such as a bridge or denture. A few implants are strategically placed into your bone, and Dr. Krell will design your appliance to attach to them. This protects the health of your jawbone and ensures better longevity, while also providing a more secure and stable fit for denture wearers.

Contact Dr. Krell

If you’re looking for a dentist in the 77027 area that can help restore your smile, look no further than Dr. Krell! With over 25 years of experience in restoring patients’ smiles, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krell.

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