Are you missing a tooth — or many teeth — due to gum disease, decay, an accident, or any other reason? Going through life with a large gap in your grin can be embarrassing and damaging to self-confidence. But there are other very good reasons to get that smile restored sooner rather than later.
- A gap in your teeth makes it difficult to speak clearly and eat properly.
- A space that’s not supposed to be there causes other teeth to move around.
- Bone loss may occur.
- Missing teeth even affect the look of your face, giving it a sunken appearance.
At Marineland Dental Care of Kennewick, WA, we offer several procedures designed to bring your mouth back to its full beauty and health. Call us at 509-591-0515 to discuss which combination of tooth-restoration techniques will work best for you.
Dental Implants: Just Like Real Teeth
Dental Implants are the gold standard when it comes to rebuilding smiles. They do not just sit on top of the gum line. Rather, a dental implant is a metal post that is surgically inserted into the gum and that over time, fuses to the jawbone and becomes a part of you. It is essentially an artificial tooth root that provides a sturdy foundation for whatever type of replacement tooth you choose. When paired with a crown, bridge, or denture, it becomes the closest approximation you can get to natural teeth.
- Dental implants fuse to your jawbone, becoming permanent.
- They function just like your real teeth and restore your appearance, your speech, and ability to eat normally.
- Because they become part of the bone, they do not slide around and cause discomfort.
- They do not require messy adhesives to stay in place.
- They are cleaned and maintained just like real teeth (brushing and flossing).
- They are very durable and can last years — even a lifetime.
You should be healthy and relatively free of gum disease to be a good candidate for dental implants. Also, as the jawbone must anchor the implant post, people with extensive bone loss may need to look into other options.
Mini Dental Implants: Small but Strong
What if you want the durability, functionality, and real-teeth feel of dental implants, but you’ve lost the necessary bone structure to gum disease? Or perhaps you can’t (or just don’t want to) go through a surgical procedure with its longer recovery time and potential for complications.
Mini Dental Implants give you many of the benefits of standard dental implants, but are much easier to insert and are suitable for a wider range of candidates.
- As the name suggests, mini dental implants are physically smaller than regular dental implants (though they are structurally similar).
- Patients with bone loss due to gum disease can get mini dental implants.
- Regular dental implants require more than one dentist visit and the complete process can take months. Mini dental implants are installed in a single visit under local anesthesia.
- Mini dental implants can be used in conjunction with dentures, bridges, and crowns.
- The best part: your new teeth are ready to use immediately!
Bridge that Gap
True to its name, a dental bridge is like a bridge over the space caused by losing one or more teeth. A bridge consists of a false tooth, which can be supported in one of two ways. It can be held in place by a pair of crowns and the adjoining real teeth. Or it may be anchored into the gum by a dental implant — the more secure choice. A bridge will look completely natural in your smile line. Plus:
- It will ensure your remaining teeth stay in their proper position.
- You will be able to speak and eat normally.
- The bridge will correct bite issues caused by your missing tooth.
- It will help keep your facial structure from sinking in.
Dentures that Stay Put
Who wants dentures that slide, slip, or even pop out without warning? Traditional dentures sit on top of the gumline, with only a messy adhesive to keep them in place. Dentures supported by dental implants (or mini dental implants) are almost always a better alternative. Though removable for cleaning and maintenance like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures stay in place with sturdy, immovable dental implants. This holds a number of advantages over the old way:
- They are more comfortable than traditional dentures.
- They function more like real teeth and are less likely to shift or fall out.
- They give you a stronger, more stable bite.
- They enable you to speak more clearly.
Are you ready to face the world with a better, more complete smile? Call the Kennewick, WA office of Marineland Dental at 509-591-0515 to set up an appointment with Dr. Hadley. Or reach us online with our web form.