When a tooth is lost, a process begins surrounding where the tooth once was. Bone loss in the area begins as soon as the tooth is removed. This makes bone in your mouth (alveolar bone) different than bone in the rest of your body. Without a tooth, the bone diminishes over time and this can change what options for tooth replacement are available.
There are three main tooth replacement options. The options include a removable prosthetic, dental bridges and dental implants. Removable prosthetics include dentures or partial dentures. These options utilize suction for retention and/or clasps around remaining teeth to provide a stable tooth replacement option. Commonly, patients find removable options to be uncomfortable long term and are more interested in options that stay in the mouth. Fixed options include dental bridges and dental implants. Dental bridges require tooth reshaping surrounding the area that has the missing tooth (teeth). A crown is placed on the surrounding teeth after tooth reshaping but a prosthetic tooth (teeth) in the middle of the crowns will fill the space as seen in the photo. This option provides a quick restoration to a missing tooth area but may complicate the situation if the teeth next to the space become sensitive or symptomatic.
The most substantial change in dental technology in recent years has been the progression of dental implant technology. By far the best option for tooth replacement, dental implants provide a predictable, esthetic and functional restoration to a missing space. Tooth replacement can be confusing or complex but dental implants have changed how we approach proper oral restoration. What is a dental implant? Dental implants are placed in the area of missing teeth during the tooth removal or after healing depending on the amount of bone and infection present. After implant placement in an area of healthy bone, weeks to months must pass before the implant is ready to be restored. On top of a dental implant are two parts. These two parts are called implant abutments and implant crowns. An implant abutment is affixed to the implant first when the implant is stable and healed. Then a custom crown is fabricated to restore proper cosmetics and function. Our office in Georgetown KY excels at providing tooth replacement options and is thrilled to offer complex dental implant options for any situation to our patients.
Dr. Neda is my permanent Dentist from day one when she just started her practice as a student at Dental college at the UK. Even so as a beginner in this field she showed that she will be an incredible Dentist. Her passions and dedication to this profession lead her to become a great Dentist who will do anything to satisfy you with the result. Her work always meets my expectations and do to my current work, I willing fly back to keep my appointment with her. Can't wait to see her again in her new office. I highly recommend this incredible lady as your dentist because you will never regret and disappointed with her work!
These dentists are absolutely wonderful. I’ve know both for many year and trust their work to be the highest standard of care. I can recall Dr. Neda telling me about a tooth that would break just before it did because if the way she evaluated fractures. Dr. Smith has treated me as well with a root canal and was an excellent clinician. Both doctors are incredible with outstanding bedside manner.
Nothing but the best. This team goes above and beyond to provide nothing but outstanding dental care in a comfortable environment at a convenient location. Looking forward to finishing my treatment plan with Dr. Neda in this new location. Lucky for Georgetown to have such a great dentist.
Dr. Neda has treated me for a toothache before and was very gentle and thorough. I really appreciate it how much time she took to explain what was going on. Looking forward to the grand opening!
I have always been terrified of dentist appointments because of pain and needles. However, Dr. Neda changed all of that. She is very understanding, professional and caring. She always lets me know what is going to be done and how. As well as being very gentle and helping to keep my mind off the needle while getting sedated. Highly recommend to everyone!