Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

Many times we hear patients ask, “Why is it important for me to have replacement teeth when I have a missing tooth?” We especially hear that when the missing tooth/teeth reside in the back of the mouth. The simple answer is that your mouth, jaw, and appearance function best when in equilibrium. When you have missing teeth, you are out of balance. When you are out of balance, your teeth drift, your bite changes, and facial appearance shifts. The result is that simple pleasures in life, such as eating comfortably, disappear.

Missing teeth is a serious and debilitating condition that leads to painful structural and functional problems in your mouth and face. Your remaining healthy teeth may shift as well, leaving gaps and spaces in your smile. Also, when a tooth is missing, you will encounter a gradual loss of the underlying bone and supportive structures. Bone loss is gradual, but an eventuality. Losing bone in your face causes a noticeable change in your appearance and a loss of youthfulness.

Clearly, you must address your missing tooth before these problems set in!

Breathe a sigh of relief because the Advanced Dental Center team can restore your health, function, and appearance with dental implants. Regardless of the reason or the number of teeth involved, dental implants can rejuvenate your smile. Your Advanced Dental Center team treats patients with implant needs on a daily basis. Dr. Hopkins and her trusted surgeon’s experience in dental implant treatment planning and other restorative dental options is unparalleled in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Don’t settle for less!

Dental Implants

Actual PatientDental implants are a root form titanium post inserted into your jaw as the anchor for a single crown or bridge or even for a full arch of missing teeth. The restorations that look like teeth placed onto the implant are often referred to as a “prosthesis.” A dental implant serves as a long-lasting, permanent solution to a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Implants also reduce bone loss in the supportive structures of your mouth, improving your overall appearance and health in the future. Your custom treatment plan involves a consultation, pre-operative appointment, surgical appointment, and the restorative phase of the treatment to complete the planned prosthesis with Dr. Hopkins and her trusted surgeon.

First, your implant (a surgical grade titanium post) is inserted into the bone that lies beneath the gums. During healing, the bone bonds to the post creating a firm foundation for a crown or prosthetic tooth custom created for you. Your new tooth is shaped and shaded to match the rest of your teeth, restoring the look and function of your smile.

Single tooth and multiple teeth implant replacement

Are you self-conscious because of missing teeth due to injury or disease? You are not alone!  According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth.  With the proven development of dental implants, you do not need to be self-conscious or embarrassed anymore.  Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

The benefits of replacing a missing space with dental implants are several. 

First, in the skilled hands of the Advanced Dental Center team, your new tooth/teeth will look and feel completely natural.  Combining years of experience in dental implant restorations with her artistic touch, Dr. Hopkins will guide the surgeon in selecting the right implant system for your specific conditions while also directing the placement of the implants at the ideal position and angulations to provide the best outcome. Then, Dr. Hopkins and her trusted surgeon will restore the implant with the highest quality materials and will color match them to make the replacement tooth blend into your smile. 

Second, when comparing an implant to a traditional dental bridge, you save precious tooth structure by selecting dental implants. A traditional dental bridge requires the removal of some of the natural, healthy structure of the neighboring teeth (which could make them susceptible to future problems).  A dental implant is inserted into the empty space without sacrificing the adjacent teeth.  Remember, adult teeth are not like baby teeth.  Once the tooth structure is gone it will never come back!

Third, by having a dental implant inserted into your jawbone, you will experience continued stimulation of the supporting structures of your mouth. This prevents the shifting of your teeth and the continued loss of underlying bone. Not only will your oral health benefit, but also you will not experience the “sunken in” appearance that often befalls those who are missing teeth.

Fourth, having a dental implant makes financial sense in the long run.  Unlike a traditional dental bridge, when you select the dental implant option, you are replacing a single tooth rather than several. Plus, the average life span of a dental bridge is about ten to twelve years, which means that in your life-time a dental bridge will need to be replaced several times. A dental implant is made of titanium and other material that is biocompatible with your body.  With proper care and close monitoring, a dental implant restoration will last much longer without complications or need of replacement. 

Implant Secured Removable Dentures

What is your first thought when you hear dentures? Many of us think of gooey, messy pastes, false teeth falling out, food restrictions, embarrassing moments, or an elderly appearance. Eliminate these concerns with today’s most modern denture solution–implant- supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are a secure, natural looking solution. With a minimum of two dental implants securely set in your jawbone, the only time your dentures dislodge or move is when you purposely remove them for cleaning or resting. The implants distribute your bite pressure like natural teeth, stimulating your jawbone and facial muscles to keep them active and toned. This reduces your worry of facial shifting and bone loss that can happen over time with poorly fitting, traditional dentures.

Not only do your custom dentures fit and function spectacularly, but also they look beautiful! The Advanced Dental Center team carefully crafts your dentures to your specifications, shaping them to match your natural facial features and shading them to your preferred whiteness. Life is full of hassle and worry, but lucky for you, Dr. Hopkins can ensure that your dentures are easy, comfortable, and gorgeous!

Implant Supported Fixed Denture (All-on-Four)

Traditionally, if you needed to replace teeth but suffered from a lack of available bone, your treatment included bone grafting and multiple procedures, which can be time consuming (up to 18 months) and costly. With All-on-Four, you receive a full set of functioning, permanent, natural-looking teeth in one day, even if extractions are required. Dr. Hopkins and her trusted surgeon precisely insert four high-grade dental implants into your jawbone at an angle that maximizes the use of your available bone. These implants provide a secure structure for your new set of teeth, which is custom crafted to your shade and shape preferences. Experience faster healing, fewer appointments and less discomfort without sacrificing the gorgeous, healthy, full set of teeth you want!

What benefits make All-on-Four an excellent dental solution?
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Reduced overall cost compared to multiple, single implants
  • Easy maintenance-no need to remove
  • No food restrictions
  • Long-term natural results
  • A stunning smile in one day
  • Relief from the nuisance and frustration of removable appliances
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Enhanced overall quality of life
You may be a candidate for All-on-Four if:
  • You have severe and complicated dental problems that have never been corrected.
  • You have multiple missing teeth and have seen several dentists who have not been able to restore your mouth to the level of the comfort and appearance that you desire.
  • You are frustrated with conventional dentures that cover the roof of your mouth, feeling bulky and unnatural and leaving you unable to taste and enjoy food to the fullest.
  • You have had repeated dental procedures (deep cleaning, root canals, fillings after fillings, crowns, etc.) and still your dental problems were not solved.
  • You haven’t had implants placed because you didn’t want to leave on the day of the procedure without any replacement teeth.
  • You didn’t want to wait months for your permanent replacement teeth to be placed.
  • You want to pay one fee and not be surprised with any hidden fees later.

With All-on-Four dentistry, on the day of your procedure you will leave with your new, lifelike replacement teeth in your mouth! No need to wait. No hidden fees. Just a new you with a new smile!

For more information about ALL-on-Four Dental Implants in Plano, Texas or porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, or dental implants from Plano dentist Dr. Hopkins, call (972) 781-0209.