If you’ve lost one or more teeth in Cedar Park, it’s important to have them replaced as soon as possible. Losing teeth can cause further oral health issues, stop you from eating your favorite foods comfortably, and makes it harder to speak clearly. Tooth loss also causes a lot of self-esteem and confidence problems.
At Whitestone Family Dentistry, Dr. Chris Mun is an expert in tooth replacement in Cedar Park, and can help you get the care you need for a new beautiful, functional smile. Contact us now to schedule a consultation now.
Dental implants are widely considered to be the best option for replacing one or more missing teeth. This is because they help support your jaw health, and they will last you for the rest of your life if you care for them properly.
Implants are tiny metal posts that are surgically placed into your gums and jaw bone. Over time, they heal and bond with your jaw, fusing with it permanently. Then, teeth replacements like dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, and implant-supported bridges can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
Dr. Mun is an expert in implant dentistry in Cedar Park, so if you’d like to learn more about this method of teeth replacement and find out if you’re a good candidate, contact us for a consultation right away to learn more about the procedure.
Dental bridges are a long-lasting alternative to dentures, but are not as invasive as dental implants, since they do not require any major dental surgery. They consist of two dental crowns, which attach to two healthy teeth on either side of your missing tooth or teeth. These are called the “abutment teeth.”
1-3 false teeth are attached between these crowns, and fill the gap in your mouth where your missing teeth used to be. They “bridge” the gap, which is how dental bridges get their name.
Bridges last up to 10-15 years or longer, look and feel very natural, and are convenient since you don’t have to remove them, unlike partial dentures.
The two types of dentures are full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are designed to replace the entire upper arch, lower arch, or both arches of your teeth. Because of this, they are only meant for people who have lost all of their teeth or who have extensive oral health problems. All of your remaining teeth must be removed before you can get full dentures.
Full dentures are affordable, typically are covered by insurance, and function very well as tooth replacements, though they take some time to get used to and have a shorter lifespan than implants.
Partial dentures are the other kind of dentures and are used to replace one or more missing teeth if you still have some healthy teeth. They use a metal and plastic design that clips onto your remaining teeth securely and holds your false teeth in place.
These dentures are often used as temporary tooth replacements before getting dental implants or a bridge, but can be used as a long-term solution for missing teeth, as well. They can last anywhere between 5-15 years depending on how they’re built and how well you care for them.