Missing teeth can cause a significant amount of embarrassment and self-consciousness, not to mention pain, difficulty chewing and speaking, and an increased risk of more dental problems down the line.
If you have gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth, Sanchez Dental can help. Whether you need a single implant to replace one missing tooth or require a bridge or fixed partial dentures to fill a larger gap, we have the tools and experience to restore beauty and function to your smile.
How Implants Work
Dental implants replace your natural teeth. They are anchored into your jaw with a titanium rod, which fuses to the bone through a process called osseointegration. This means that the implant will work and feel like a natural tooth and, with proper maintenance, can last for a lifetime.
Because they are so sturdy, implants are commonly used as an anchor for dental bridges, also called fixed partial dentures. This bridge is a series of false teeth that fill in gaps of multiple missing teeth.
Benefits of Fixed Partial Dentures
When gaps in teeth are caused by tooth loss, the surrounding teeth can begin to shift, leading to additional problems. Partial dentures and bridges prevent this tooth migration and maintain oral health. And because the bridge is anchored to an implant, it is more permanent than standard partial dentures and will feel more natural while chewing and talking.
Although implants are very effective for some patients, they’re not right for everyone. If you have sustained significant bone density loss in your jaw due to advanced gum disease, for example, an implant may not be the right choice. However, there are alternatives that may work just as well in those situations.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact Sanchez Dental today to schedule a consultation. We can help you understand your options and choose the best treatment for your individual needs!