Treatment Options for Dental Implants

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Published on: October 31, 2011

Are you missing one or more teeth? If you neglect to replace missing teeth, your bite (or occlusion) may become unbalanced. To compensate for lost teeth, remaining teeth may shift toward the open space as your body naturally tries to re-balance your bite. This can lead to TMJ disorder, bruxism, and tooth wear or tooth fracture. Just one missing tooth puts you at risk to experience additional tooth loss, according to research. And, of course, missing teeth can negatively affect the way you speak, what you can eat, and how you feel about your appearance.

Dental implants present a permanent and reliable option for tooth replacement.  Dr. Seal offers complete dental implant placement, as well as preliminary procedures when necessary. You should learn about your options for tooth replacement before making any decisions.

Implants can be used in various ways:

Single Tooth Replacement: Traditionally, a dental bridge replaces one tooth or a few teeth in a row. The bridge, however, requires that natural, healthy teeth be crowned to hold it in place. A dental implant can replace a missing tooth without altering existing dentition. Implants feature small, biocompatible posts that Dr. Seal secures into the jawbone. A natural-looking, durable crown is secured to the post.

Bridge or Partial Attachment: To replace multiple missing teeth on the upper or lower arch, a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture may be used. Bridges attach to crowns, and partials are secured by clasps that fit onto existing teeth. Both of these dental prosthetics put stress on healthy teeth. As an alternative, bridges and partials can be anchored to dental implants.

Denture Stabilization: Dentures are often secured with natural suction or denture adhesive. A denture is lined to fit on the natural ridges of the gums. Over time the bone once used to support the teeth disappears and the dentures lose stability.  . Dentures may be relined, but still, they can slip and slide as bone loss progresses. Many patients complain of poor fitting, loose, wobbly, or slipping dentures. If you have a situation like this, dental implants can be used to secure dentures in place and preserve the remaining bone.   Depending on factors like your personal preference, oral health, and jawbone density, Dr. Seal can help you determine which type of implant-retained denture would be best for your mouth.

D. Greg Seal Prosthodontics is located in Dallas, and our office accepts referrals from general dentists, as well as new patients who call independently. We serve individuals from North Dallas, Park Cities, Katy Trail, and the SMU area, providing quality dental restorations, prosthetics, and smile makeover procedures.