There are millions of people in America living without teeth or they have teeth that are beyond repair. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat the food you love or to smile with confidence.
Our Racine WI dental practice, North Bay Dental, aims to help patients keep their teeth as long as possible with elite restorative dentistry, but not all teeth can be saved. Sometimes teeth outlive their usefulness or have a serious infections and need to replaced. In that case, you have options. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, then you’ll be happy to know that there are advanced ways to restore your smile and still have the function your want.
Restorative dentistry is more lifelike than ever before, and in some cases, we can nearly match the power of your natural teeth!
Today we want to share some information about what you can do with missing teeth, from bad options to great options. Here’s what you can do when you have missing teeth. We’ll start with the bad option:
Bad Option: Do Nothing
Doing nothing about your missing teeth is the absolute worst option. We dentists never try to push any treatment on you, but we like to see patients replace their missing teeth.
The most obvious problem is that missing teeth are unsightly. They pose a significant aesthetic challenge because you’ll have gaps in your smile AND you’ll notice that your jawbone will begin to recede. Jawbone recession causes changes in your appearance. The distance to the nose and chin will draw closer together, and patients often develop wrinkles around their mouth. If you have missing teeth, you will also see the remaining healthy teeth shift around in the mouth. Here are the problems you face if you do not replace missing teeth:
- Inability to eat the food your love
- Gaps in your smile
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Jawbone recession
- Hesitation to smile
Good Option: Bridges or Dentures
Bridges and dentures are two of the oldest ways to replace missing teeth. Bridges are commonly used for single missing teeth, while dentures are often used to replace entire arches of teeth or largest gaps in the smile. Both of these treatments have advanced over the years. They are long-lasting, functional, and look great. The main concern about a bridge is that it requires use to shave down healthy teeth to support the restoration. That’s considered a major restoration.
The concern with dentures is that they rest on the gums. Dentures are held in with suction, fit, or even adhesives. While dentures look lifelike and beautiful, the issue is functionality. These dentures can slide or slip around in the mouth whenever you try to eat, or they can inhibit your ability to speak. Every patient is different, but some studies have found that people with dentures have only about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force they had with their natural teeth. That’s a ton of foods that are off the menu. Ask anyone who wears dentures, and they’ll tell you about the hassles of trying to eat with dentures.
Great option: Dental Implants
If you want stability, function, and appearance, then dental implants are the option for you. Dental implants are a truly revolutionary new tool in dentistry. We can place dental implants for single missing teeth or to restore entire arches of missing teeth. People with dental implants have the stability they need in their new teeth and can get literally whatever they want!
North Bay Dental stands out as one of the elite dental implants offices in Racine, WI. Dr. Reesman has been placing dental implants since 1985. His team can place dental implants for single missing teeth or use dental implants to stabilize dentures. We also have a new implant treatment for people missing an entire arch or teeth. It’s called All-on-4. We place implants around the arch and then restore the implants with bridges. The All-on-4 restorations leave the upper palate open, allowing you to experience more tastes and sensations. That might sound like a small detail, but it makes a major difference.
Here are some helpful facts about dental implants:
- Implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth
- You can eat whatever you want again
- We can place implants with a 98 percent success rate
- Implants do not get get cavities
- Implants can last a lifetime
We’re delighted to place dental implants because of the huge list of advantages. Some of our patients spent years worrying about their teeth or were unable to eat the foods they love. Dental implants give those patients back their life. They feel better, smile more and can eat the foods they love again.
Visit Us for All of Your Dental Needs
North Bay Dental is a full-service dental office that can treat all of your dental issues. If you have missing teeth or have teeth that have outlived their usefulness, you can come to our office for help. The right option will depend on your smile goals and needs. It’s important to visit our dental office before you rule yourself out for treatment.
Understand that you’ll never be judged or scolded for the state of your smile. We want to resolve your problems and restore your mouth back to a healthy state. So give us a call today at 262-595-6498 to schedule your appointment.