Two Types of Conventional Tooth Replacements
Old-style removable partial dentures consist of a number of false teeth that are attached to a base and held together with metal and plastic. Patients with missing teeth place the denture on the gum line and secure it with clips.
Fixed partial dentures, or three unit bridges, are also used by adults with missing teeth to fill spaces between two natural teeth. To accommodate the appliance, the teeth must be grinded, which exposes them to stress.
Adults with missing teeth who wear these appliances usually replace them every five to seven years.
Dental Implants are Different
For a strong, permanent smile that looks and feels natural, more adults with missing teeth are choosing dental implants. Dental implants from Dr. Hawke are made of decay-resistant titanium, which is non-irritating to the body. Once the implants are placed in the jaw, they integrate with the bone and take on the function of real human teeth. Dental implants are favored by dental professionals and adults with missing teeth, because they protect and strengthen bone.
Dental implants are flexible enough to be placed at any location in the mouth with enough bone density. Adults with missing teeth can use them to replace just one tooth or many teeth. Patients with missing teeth who do not have enough bone may need a bone graft first.
Another option for adults with missing teeth is implant supported dental bridges. These appliances are anchored to the implants instead of teeth. During the initial procedure, patients are fitted with a temporary tooth appliance (flipper) until the implants fuse with the bone. Once that happens, Dr. Hawke can affix a permanent bridge.
Dental implants help adults with missing teeth feel good about their smile again. Please call us today for a personal consultation about dental implants in Tucson, AZ.
Dr. Robert Hawke, a general dentist in Tucson, AZ, offers many procedures that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. These advanced procedures include the LANAP Laser treatment, Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, and Composite Fillings. If you suffer from gum disease or loose lower dentures, call our office today to schedule your appointment. We are proud to serve patients from Tucson, AZ and the surrounding areas including the Marana Valley, Oro Valley, and Vail, AZ.