Replace Missing Teeth Las Vegas NV

The Importance of Teeth and Your Health

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.

Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth — the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Dental implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health, and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement. Please see below for an overview of teeth replacement solutions.

Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth — from temporary to long-lasting solutions. A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. While age is not a factor, a history of smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area have all been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement.

X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

Illustration showing how a Fixed Bridge replaces missing teeth

Fixed Bridge

A fixed dental bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Illustration of a Flipper: a plastic removable tooth and retainer

Flipper

A fragile, temporary, and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Illustration of a Metal Partial removable denture for missing lower teeth

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

Illustration of how a Denture replaces all missing lower teeth

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

Cross-section illustration of a lower Dental Implant placement

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

 
 

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons:

  • Maintain your natural teeth: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth.
  • Ease of care: removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient.
  • Optimal comfort: dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

If you have any questions regarding missing tooth replacement options, please call us:
East Flamingo: 702-892-0833 or Summerlin: 702-507-5555.