Missing teeth are a problem faced by 120 million Americans every single day, and if you count yourself among this group, then you know this can affect much more than someone’s oral health. A lack of confidence due to an incomplete smile can weigh heavily on a person emotionally as well, making them less eager to engage socially and get the most out of life. Thankfully, Dr. Alhamdi is able to offer solutions that can restore both someone’s teeth and confidence. He can create custom replacements that look great and can be trusted to last for decades, and you can learn which type would be best for you by giving us a call today.
While a single missing tooth (especially one towards the back of the mouth) might seem like a minor problem, untreated tooth loss always leads to more issues. Eventually, the teeth near the gap will shift into it, which can cause them to misalign and lead to chronic jaw pain. Gum disease is also a big probability, which can actually erode the bone that supports the remaining teeth. These risks (and many others) are why it’s always smart to replace any missing teeth as soon as possible.
Dental bridges are a type of prosthetic that can be used to replace one tooth or even up to three consecutive missing teeth. They use the strength of the remaining teeth near the absent ones to support the new teeth, which are bonded in place using dental crowns positioned on either side. Bridges not only help fill in the space in someone’s smile, but they’re also designed to be extremely strong, enabling a patient to eat whatever they like without worry or discomfort.
In one form or another, dentures have been around for centuries, and they still provide an effective and affordable way to replace a large number of missing teeth at the same time. Modern-day prosthetics consist of ceramic teeth affixed to an acrylic, gum-colored base, giving them the strength and lifelike-appearance that patients need. Whether you have a few remaining teeth or are missing all of them, Dr. Alhamdi and our team can create a denture for you that fits great, looks even better, and can be trusted to stand the test of time.
It’s no understatement to say that dental implants are the biggest breakthrough in dentistry in the past century. Instead of just replacing the part of a tooth that you can see (like every other treatment), implants involve restoring tooth roots as well, using small metal posts placed into the jawbone. These serve as the foundation for the new teeth, creating a prosthetic that is the next best thing to nature. They can support crowns, bridges, and dentures, and thanks to the expertise of the team here at Del Mar Dental Arts, patients can have the entire implant procedure completed under one roof.