Tooth Replacement

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.

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