Tooth Replacement in Edmonton
Lost teeth can be incredibly detrimental to your quality of life. They make it difficult for you to chew, impacting your nutrition, and they can affect your speech and your self-confidence, potentially impacting your career and your personal relationships.
Missing teeth are also detrimental to your dental health. Remaining teeth tend to shift toward the open space, causing problems with your alignment. When a tooth is missing, the periodontal bone also starts to resorb in that area, and over time, this can lead to further tooth loss.
We offer several options to help replace missing teeth, and Dr. Dennis George Anithottam is happy to meet with you to discuss these options and determine which is right for you.
Dental implants replace your missing tooth with an artificial root and a crown or other restoration. The implant itself is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed in your periodontal bone. After the area is allowed to heal, a customised restoration, like a crown, is affixed to the implant.
Implants look and feel quite lifelike. They also have an advantage over other tooth replacement options because the implant stimulates the bone and helps to prevent resorption (bone loss over time).
Bridges are a less costly alternative to dental implants and can be used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. A bridge is a replacement tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by crowns, which are affixed to the healthy adjacent teeth. If you are missing multiple teeth and don’t wish to alter otherwise healthy teeth, dental implants are also an option for supporting a bridge.
Partial dentures are often a good choice for those who are missing multiple teeth. Unlike a full denture, which relies on suction (and sometimes adhesives) to stay in place, the partial denture is supported by clips that fit into place around your healthy teeth.
If you are missing all your teeth, complete dentures (also known as dental plates) are an option. Depending on the condition of your mouth, even the best complete dentures can sometimes still feel loose. At Orchards Dental, we can place dental implants to support your complete denture, making it more retentive and comfortable and helping it stay more secure in your mouth.
Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Right for Me?
Compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants are the most similar to your natural teeth. While bridges and partial dentures don’t offer the same bone retention benefits of dental implants, they do prevent teeth from shifting and altering your bite. They are often a more affordable solution for many patients.
No matter which tooth replacement you and Dr. Dennis George Anithottam decide on, your new restoration will be designed specifically for you so that it blends in well with your existing dentistry. Your smile is an important part of your appearance and personality, and we want to help you have a smile you love and are proud to show off.
To learn more, please call our Edmonton dental office and schedule an evaluation with Dr. Dennis George Anithottam. We’re looking forward to helping you have a complete and healthy smile.