Our team knows how tooth loss, even a minor case, can impact your smile. From negative effects on eating and speaking, to the gradual onset of an aged appearance. But we can help restore your smile with prosthodontic dentistry. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists talk about tooth replacement options.
Addressing Tooth Loss
Losing your teeth means serious trouble for your smile. The gap could cause teeth to drift from their positions, leading to dental misalignment and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The uneven nature of your smile and the missing teeth could strain jaw joints, so the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) is more likely too. More advanced cases of tooth loss could also mean trouble speaking clearly or eating your favorite foods. Don’t live with poor quality of life, talk to our team about possible solutions.
For more minor cases of missing teeth, our team could recommend a dental bridge. The prosthetic addresses between one and up to three lost teeth in a row. We begin by numbing the teeth on each side of the gap, and then removing structure from them. We take detailed digital images of the prepared teeth, known as abutment teeth, and use them to create a detailed impression. Our team then crafts the finished product, which is made from ceramic. We choose this material because it can not only absorb daily bite forces, but also offers a lifelike appearance too. The bridge will contain new teeth with crowns attached to each end. We then connect the crowns to the abutment teeth. Your bridge can stay in place for 10 to 15 years, requiring eventual replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. The prosthetic will look natural and return function and health to your smile!
Our team could also address more severe cases of tooth loss with dentures. A full denture replaces every tooth on one or both arches. A partial addresses multiple gaps in the smile, with the new teeth fitting perfectly in the gaps. Both will have teeth made from lifelike and durable material set in an acryl base that looks like gum tissue. The full could be held in place with suction or adhesives, the partial with metal clasps. If you have any questions about prosthodontic dentistry, then contact our team.
Do You Have Any Questions About Prosthodontic Dentistry?
We want to offer a complete smile once again! Schedule an appointment today and learn more about our prosthodontic treatment options. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-586-2718. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.