Patients who are missing teeth often experience physical and emotional consequences. They are at risk for several health issues, such as bone loss and infection. Eating and speaking can be difficult. Dental shifting, in which teeth move out of proper alignment, is common. Low self-confidence is often reported.
Drs. Hogg and Kepros of North Iowa Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are experts when it comes to dental implants. However, we understand that dental implants may not be the right tooth replacement option for everyone. We have compiled a list of the most popular tooth replacement options. If you are curious about your tooth replacement options, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Dental implants are popular for many reasons:
- Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth
- Permanent and secure
- Can be placed without any damage to or grinding down of adjacent teeth
- Restores balance to face
- Improves oral health
- Eat, speak, and smile with confidence
Dental implants are so versatile, patients who may not have been considered a candidate for other tooth replacement options find that they can receive dental implants. Chances are, if you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you are healthy enough to be considered for dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work
The successful placement of dental implants is a team effort. Your oral surgeon and your dentist will work with you to ensure the best possible result.
First, your oral surgeon will place a titanium post, called the screw, into the empty tooth socket. For the next several weeks, the screw will fuse with the surrounding bone and will act as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Because dental implants are so strong and stable, it is the most secure tooth replacement option. After the healing period, the connecting abutment is attached. Lastly, your dentist will place the crown on top of the abutment. The crown is designed to blend in with your other teeth for a natural look.
Full-Arch Replacement (Bar Attachment Denture)
Just like its name, a full-arch replacement is a tooth replacement option that restores an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. This is ideal for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth and desire the permanence and security of dental implants.
Full-arch restoration works by placing a prosthesis on as few as four dental implant posts. Full-arch restoration can be fixed in place, such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, or removable, such as the Bar Replacement Denture. Just like dental implants, there is a good chance that you are a candidate to receive the full-arch restoration if you are healthy enough to undergo a minor surgical procedure. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and full-arch restoration, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Bridges are a common tooth replacement option if one or more teeth to be replaced are next to each other. Tooth-supported bridges are snapped over several teeth that have been ground down to receive the prosthesis. Most bridges are fixed with a permanent adhesive, but some are removable. Bridges can be received from your dentist.
Although bridges are a popular tooth replacement option, they need to be replaced after several years of normal wear and tear. This time varies from patient to patient, but it can be anywhere from a few years to several decades. Even though bridges are less costly than a dental implant, multiple replacements add to the overall investment. Furthermore, some patients do not like the fact that receiving a bridge requires healthy teeth to be ground down. Your dentist and oral surgeon can discuss all of your tooth replacement options to help you decide the best option for you.
Full or Partial Dentures
Although other tooth replacement options are available, full or partial dentures are a common choice. However, every patient’s mouth is different, and some experience pain or difficulty when wearing dentures. Dentures should provide a snug fit and should not be painful to wear. Pre-prosthetic surgery offers the surgical preparation of the mouth to ensure a better and more comfortable fit.
Full or partial dentures are completely removable. Some patients prefer to be able to remove their prosthesis at will. Dentures can be fitted by your dentist. When pre-prosthetic surgery is recommended, an oral surgeon performs it.
Tooth Replacement Solutions in Mason City, IA
There are many tooth replacement options available to you at North Iowa Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. If you live in Mason City, IA, or the surrounding region and are curious about which tooth replacement option may be right for you, we encourage you to call our office. A member of our friendly staff will be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your treatment goals.