I Need Multiple Teeth Replaced, What Are My Options? At New Image Dentistry, we can replace your missing teeth in our Franklin, TN dental office. As a general dentist, our goal is to help you maintain excellent oral health so you do not damage, compromise or lose your teeth. However, if your teeth are lost due to an accident, infection or age, we’re here to help. Within the first year after tooth loss, your jawbone can lose up to 25 percent of its density in that particular area. This can negatively impact the health of your jaw and remaining teeth in addition to giving you a sunken and aged appearance. Fortunately, this is something we can help prevent in our dental office.
The sooner you call (615) 591-4490 and schedule a consultation, the better. We will perform a comprehensive examination, take x-rays and make recommendations regarding which procedure is likely to work the best for your particular situation. Here are a few of the procedures that can be used to replace multiple teeth:
When you visit our Franklin dental office, it is likely that we will recommend dental implants to replace one or multiple teeth. This is because implants are the only way to permanently replace a tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium post is implanted under your gums and secured to your jawbone. Over the course of several months, your body will begin to deposit bone around the implant through a process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration makes a dental implant as secure as your natural tooth would be because the implant becomes your new root system. This process is essential in stopping the process of resorption and will even strengthen your jawbone. The next step is to secure dental implant crowns (the visible tooth portion of the implant) to an abutment attached to the implant itself. The new tooth will look perfectly natural and blend in with your surrounding teeth for a beautiful and natural appearance. While the process can take several months from start to finish, once done, you will never have to worry about your new teeth. Simply brush and floss like normal to take care of them while enjoying all your favorite foods and normal activities.
If you are looking for a non-surgical or temporary way to replace your teeth, Dr. Blourchian can fabricate a denture, bridge or partial to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Partial dentures are secured in place using hooks and wire, whereas a full set of dentures are securely placed around your gums.
At New Image Dentistry, some patients have asked us about a hybrid solution. It is possible to experience the benefits of both dentures and dental implants. Some Franklin patients are having two to six dental implants placed per arch and then using these implants to secure a set of false teeth in place. The benefit of implant supported dentures is that they remain securely in place, allowing for more durability and functionality than you will experience from a traditional set of dentures. As a result, the procedure is a faster and less expensive way to replace all of your teeth.
If you want to replace multiple teeth but are not ready for a surgical procedure, dental bridges can be an excellent solution. At New Image Dentistry, we can create natural-looking bridges that will blend in with your natural teeth. To complete the procedure, we will need to identify two of your remaining teeth that are strong enough to support your new bridge. We will then prepare these teeth and place dental crowns around them. These crowns will serve as an anchor to hold the dental bridges in place. This is what provides dental bridges with the security of natural teeth and gives you the ability to eat your favorite foods without feeling self-conscious. The most notable risk of a dental bridge is that this procedure will permanently alter some of your healthy teeth. This makes it important to carefully consider the pros and cons of using dental bridges instead of self-reliant dental implants.
When you cannot use a dental bridge because you do not have healthy, surrounding teeth to support it, your options then become dental implants or traditional dentures. At New Image Dentistry, this is a possibility when other teeth are unhealthy or there is a possibility of them falling out. In this scenario, it would not be worth it to go through the procedure of placing a dental bridge only to replace it in the near future. We will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of each option with you when you visit our Franklin dental office.
Knowing that there are several ways to replace missing teeth, you can select the procedure you feel will best serve your immediate and long-term needs. Our goal is to inform and educate you so you are empowered to make the right decision for your lifestyle. Regardless of which option you select, we will ensure that your teeth are replaced with something that looks natural and feels comfortable. At New Image Dentistry, we want you to have full use of your teeth and to feel confident in the appearance of your smile. This is all possible when you visit our Franklin dental office to replace your missing teeth. To learn more about your options or to start the process, call (615) 591-4490 today.