Missing teeth can cause oral health problems. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth begin to shift, causing gaps between your teeth that harbor food and bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. Another problem with missing teeth is bone loss. Your jawbone requires constant stimulation from the pressures of chewing in order to maintain its mass and density. When a tooth is missing, there is no chewing pressure exerted on that part of the jawbone, which leads to bone loss.
Dr. Strickland is very experienced in the art of restoring your smile with beautiful, natural-looking replacement teeth. His goal is to provide replacement teeth that are long-lasting and feel, fit and function the same as natural teeth.
Using the most advanced procedures and technology, Dr. Strickland can diagnose, map out a treatment plan and restore your smile. He recommends dental implants as the most healthy, successful, long-lasting and natural-looking solution for any number of missing teeth. When properly cared for, dental implants and their crowns, bridges or dentures can last a lifetime.
When you come in for your Complimentary Consultation, Dr. Strickland talk to you about all of the available treatment options. He will listen to your questions and concerns about the different procedures. He will be sure to understand your goals for your teeth and use this information to guide his recommendations.
Dental implant and crown
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is as strong and stable as a natural tooth root, and is biocompatible with human tissue. When Dr. Strickland tops the implant with a dental crown (the replacement tooth), you will have a new tooth that looks, feels, fits and functions the same as a natural tooth. You will have full chewing power with an implant-supported crown.
Implant-supported crowns, when properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Because of their durability, and the fact that with full chewing power, implants will prevent bone loss, Dr. Strickland highly recommends dental implants to his patients who are eligible to have them. They are the best option for replacing a single missing tooth.
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Bridges are another option to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth by filling in the gap with a series of connected crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. Dr. Strickland may provide a dental bridge if the adjacent teeth already have crowns, or need crowns.
When you receive a dental bridge, even if the teeth adjacent to the gap are healthy, they must be shaved down to receive the crowns that will anchor the bridge. This can compromise the health and stability of these teeth. This is why Dr. Strickland will usually recommend dental implants.
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Implant-supported dental bridges are the longest-lasting and healthiest option for replacing several missing teeth in a row. This procedure does not require grinding down healthy teeth, as with a non-implant-supported bridge, which is why Dr. Strickland recommends them. You will not need an implant for each missing tooth, as the implants are only needed to support the crowns at each end of the bridge – not in the middle. In that respect, this is more economical than getting individual implants for each missing tooth. Implant-supported bridges will give you nearly full chewing power and will preserve your jawbone under the bridge.
Removable, implant-supported, snap-on dentures
Removable, implant-supported, snap-on dentures are anchored by four to six dental implants that are placed in your dental arch. The dentures have attachments built into them that snap right onto the implants. These dentures are stable and give you a much higher chewing power than traditional dentures. They are removable for cleaning, and are comfortable.
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Fixed-in, implant-supported dentures
When you are missing a full arch of teeth, Dr. Strickland recommends fixed-in, implant-supported dentures, which are the closest replacement option to having your own teeth. These dentures are fitted with attachments. These attachments connect to dental implants that have been placed in your jawbone. They are removable only by the doctor, so you will brush and floss as if you had your natural teeth. The chewing power with fixed-in, implant-supported dentures is close to that of natural teeth, and the implants prevent bone loss.
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All-on-4® new teeth in one day
All-on-4 are fixed-in, implant-supported dentures that only require four implants per arch. Dr. Strickland places the back implants at special angles, which means they can take advantage of areas in the jaw with more bone. Bone grafts are not necessary with All-on-4. You will have nearly full chewing power, the dentures will not slip and you will be able to taste your food without having the false upper palate. Bone loss will be prevented due to the implants supplying the proper chewing pressure to your jawbone.
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If you prefer traditional, removable dentures, Dr. Strickland will work with you to create comfortable, natural-looking dentures. He uses processes that require the least amount of appointments, and uses the highest quality materials and most up-to-date techniques to get the best results. Although traditional dentures will not prevent or stop bone loss, they may be a good option, as they are the least expensive type of denture and don’t require oral surgery, unless extractions are involved.
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If you would like to know more about tooth replacement options, call our office and schedule a Complimentary Consultation. This special offer includes: