Dental problems can be a real source of anxiety for patients. Issues that affect a person’s dental health, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection, can grow worse the longer they are left untreated; they can result in pain and even cause embarrassment for the patient in the form of bad breath or cosmetic flaws. In some cases, these conditions can even result in the loss of a tooth.
When the teeth and gums are in poor health and the patient is in danger of losing teeth, patients of our cosmetic dentistry practice may require multiple restorative treatments to reverse or treat the damage. In these cases, Dr. Christy Savas will develop a comprehensive full mouth reconstruction treatment plan to recover the health of your smile. First, Dr. Savas will perform a thorough examination to determine how your oral health has been affected and how many teeth must be replaced.
Causes of Tooth Loss
- Tooth decay: Digital X-rays and a physical examination will help Dr. Savas detect any signs of tooth decay. If tooth decay has occurred, Dr. Savas will determine if it has infected the root canal of the tooth. If tooth decay has become so great that the tooth can’t be saved, your full mouth reconstruction plan may include the use of dental implants, bridges, or dentures.
- Gum disease: Plaque build-up does not just affect the structure of the tooth; it can also damage healthy gum tissue. During your exam, Dr. Savas will look for signs of gum disease and loose teeth. If the gums have pulled away from teeth and damaged the underlying bone, one or more teeth may need to be extracted.
Replacement of Missing Teeth
Tooth decay and gum disease can result in the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth. If you have tooth decay or gum disease has progressed to a point that a tooth falls out or requires extraction, it is time to consider your tooth replacement options.
- Dental implants: For our patients’ dental implants are considered to be the most desired treatment for missing teeth. A single implant can be placed to replace one missing tooth, or several implants can be placed to provide patients with a completely new set of teeth. After your implant has been placed and the bone healed around it, your permanent restoration can be attached. Dr. Savas offers all types of restorations for dental implants, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
- Dental crowns: A single dental crown can be crafted from porcelain to top a single implant.
- Dental bridge: If you are missing two or three adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can be fabricated to fill in the gap left by the missing teeth
- Dentures: For patients missing a number of teeth, implant-supported dentures may be the best option. A full set of upper dentures can be secured to the jaw with just five or six implants.
If your teeth and gums are in poor health and you are missing one or more teeth, contact our practice to schedule your consultation with Dr. Savas.
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