People lose their natural teeth for a variety of reasons, including accidental trauma to the face, dental diseases, and tooth decay. Regardless of the reason, having one or more missing teeth can affect the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health. Fortunately, Oak Brook Smiles offers you several missing tooth replacement options.
Removable Dentures, Dental Bridges, and Dental Implants
Removable dentures are artificial teeth attached to a plate and wires. Dr. Haque sizes the plate to fit securely in the roof of your mouth. This option is appropriate regardless of how many of your natural teeth you are missing. You can eat and speak with them in, but must remove them for cleaning and when you go to sleep at night.
Dental bridges rely on the support of nearby teeth and are non-removable. Dr. Haque adheres metal brackets to the back of the teeth to the immediate left and right of the one that is missing. He then places a dental adhesive to hold the supporting bridge in place. The replacement tooth sits on top of your gum line. The materials used to place the dental bridge are quite visible, especially with front teeth. Those who want a completely seamless appearance may wish to consider dental implants.
Dental implants replace both the tooth and its roots. After Dr. Haque installs your new tooth roots, you may have to wait several weeks or months for the area to heal and for the new roots to fuse with your existing ones. We can provide you with removable dentures in the meantime if you are interested. After Dr. Haque is satisfied that sufficient healing has taken place, he attaches the replacement teeth to their new roots. Your smile looks entirely natural since no one can see brackets, wiring, plates, or the artificial tooth roots below your gum line. Patient satisfaction is highest with dental implants for this reason.
Life is too short to hold back your smile because you feel self-conscious about it. Please contact Oak Brook Smiles today to request an appointment with Dr. Haque to discuss your missing tooth replacement options.