Replacing Missing Teeth

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech, eating choices, and overall facial contouring. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, be damaged, or even lost! You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain because of the inappropriate teeth alignment from missing teeth.

Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth — the jaw bone literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex and costly as time passes. The great news? Dental implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

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Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth — from temporary to long-lasting solutions. A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

An example of a dental fixed bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

An sample of a removable retainer with a plastic tooth known as a flipper

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

A depiction of a sturdy partial denture cast in metal and plastic

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

A representation of a full denture for the entire lower jaw

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

A visual of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Why select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

There are several reasons to choose dental implants:
A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

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My name is Mikhail and I had several implants put in by Dr. Patrick Wang. Just wanted to share my experience and say it went very well. I usually hate going to the dentist and it’s been a few years.. my previous dentist just kept pulling teeth without any replacements. When I met Dr. Wang he was able to give me an option of placing some implants so I can smile and most importantly eat again:) He is a professional and good at what he does. He did a good job explaining thjngs to me and made me feel comfortable! I highly recommend seeing him if you have any implants to do or any teeth to be pulled! Overall, very great doctor! Меня зовут Михаил. и Dr. Patrick Wang вставил мне несколько имплант. Я хотел бы поделиться и сказать что все прошло успешно. Я обычно не люблю ходить к дантистам, так как прежний дантист только вырывал зубы. Когда я встретил Dr. Wang, он посоветовал сделать импланты чтобы я смог снова улыбаться и самое главное есть:) Он профессионал и знает что он делает. Он мне хорошо объяснил процесс и я чувствовал себя удобно. Очень рекомендую обратиться к нему если вам нужно сделать импланты или вырвать зубы. Замечательный доктор!

- mikhail k

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Dr Patrick Wang and his Staff our great. Made my visit comforting and very painless considering the operation! I am very pleased with the results!

- Mark H

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I am quite impressed by the high standard work and professionalism carried out by Dr. Amini.

- Rad

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Dr Wang was very good about explaining the procedure and the post op care. He is very friendly.

- Julie N

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Dr. Amini payed attention to everything I said and gave me the most beatiful implants I could have asked for. Thank you!

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