Strong and Durable Treatment for Missing Teeth
By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on December 13, 2016
If there is one dental complication that is dreaded more than any other, it is most likely adult tooth loss. When the teeth are lost, or require extraction, the entire smile becomes compromised. The remaining healthy teeth no longer have the support they require to retain their strength, and the structure of the mouth will eventually suffer.
Dental restorations to replace missing teeth are the only way to avoid further oral health problems. Restorative dentistry treatments rebuild the strength and beauty of the smile by filling in the gaps left behind by tooth loss. At our dental practice, Dr. Byron J. Nordhus offers treatment for missing teeth, all of which provide our Wichita, KS patients with strong and durable restorations that will enhance the strength, function, and aesthetics of the smile.
Many patients who suffer from tooth loss are fortunate enough to lose just a single tooth or a small set of teeth from the same area of the mouth. Dental bridges are the most common solution for patients with minimal tooth loss. A dental bridge is a single restoration that can be fabricated to replace a single tooth or a small set of teeth. This restoration is supported on either side by dental crowns that are bonded to the natural teeth. Alternatively, a dental bridge can be affixed to a set of dental implants. Dental bridges fill in gaps left by missing teeth and restore the full set of oral functions for patients, all while improving the appearance of the smile.
When tooth loss is more substantial, patients are likely candidates for dentures. Dr. Nordhus offers both partial and full dentures. A partial denture is designed to replace a few teeth, while full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. We offer high quality dentures to ensure they will provide patients with a comfortable and secure fit.
In addition to traditional dentures that sit directly over the gums, Dr. Nordhus also offers implant-supported dentures. These dentures are anchored by a series of implants that ensure maximum security and durability. Dentures can restore a strong, beautiful smile, even when most or all of the natural teeth have been lost.
Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to missing teeth treatment. Dental implants are unique because they are implanted below the gum line. Rather than simply providing a replacement for the crown of the tooth, they act as artificial tooth roots. This treatment offers multiple benefits.
Dental implants are more secure than traditional restorations, they will last longer, are easier to care for, and they are the only restoration that aids in the preservation of a strong, healthy jawbone. Aside from acting as an anchor for dental bridges and dentures, dental implants can also secure dental crowns. This means that, whether a patient has lost a single tooth or a complete set of teeth, they may still be ideal candidates for dental implant treatment.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, Dr. Byron J. Nordhus can help you rebuild your smile. To learn more about our treatments for missing teeth, and which may be most appropriate for your unique situation, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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