If it were up to us, all our patients would keep all of their teeth their entire lives.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 200 million Americans will lose teeth within the next 15 years. And current estimates are that 35 million Americans are missing one or both arches of their teeth.
That means that there a good chance that you or someone you care about will lose a few teeth in the years to come. If that happens (or if it already has), then we want you to be aware of your teeth replacement options.
At Galleria of Smiles, we offer multiple solutions for patients who are missing teeth. You can learn more about all of them at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK.
Causes Of Tooth Loss
Before we discuss teeth replacement options, we want to discuss common causes of tooth loss in the United States. As we said earlier, we would prefer for all of you to keep all your teeth. Knowing what causes tooth loss may help you keep more of yours.
The leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Keep this in mind the next time a dental professional asks you about your flossing habits.
Cleaning between your teeth and gums daily can remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup. Dental floss, water flossers, and flossers are all tools you can use for this task. Find one that works for you, and use it for your smile’s sake.
Tooth decay can lead to tooth loss as well. Once decay takes hold of a tooth, it will eat deeper into that tooth. This can weaken the tooth and cause infections. Depending on how quickly you seek help, you can save the tooth with a dental filling, a dental crown, or a root canal treatment.
This is a good reason to keep brushing your teeth twice daily and to make regular visits to Galleria of Smiles for professional dental cleanings.
Of course, accidents and injuries happen as well. You may not be able to stop every accident, but wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while playing sports can reduce your risk of tooth loss while you are competing. Ask us how you can get one for yourself or someone you love.
Dealing With Tooth Loss
The American College of Prosthodontists reported that 90 percent of people who are missing teeth have dentures of one kind or another. With that in mind, here’s a brief overview of the kinds of teeth replacements you can get at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK.
The All-on-4 system uses dental implants to secure your dentures. All-on-4 allows us to place just four dental implants in your jaw while still providing stable and secure support for your dentures.
As with any implant-supported dentures, you can restore nearly all of your biting and chewing power, which means you will be able to eat whatever you want with All-on-4.
This technique has another advantage as well. It allows us to place a set of temporary dentures on the same day that you get your dental implants. That means you don’t have to walk around with an empty smile while you heal.
In some cases, All-on-4 may not be sufficient, which is why we offer All-on-5 and All-on-6 as well.
▶ Removable Implant-Supported Dentures
These dentures are attached to your dental implants with a framework designed by Zest Dental. This allows you to remove your dentures for easy cleaning while still holding them in place when you want to wear them for meals or for social and professional occasions.
▶ Fixed Zirconia Dental Bridge
The Prettau® Zirconia Bridge looks and functions like real teeth when it is secured in place. This can give you a natural-looking smiles that can last for decades to come.
▶ Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are always an option. Our dentures are made to look as natural as possible, so your smile will look like real teeth whether you are talking to someone or posing for a picture.
These dentures are held in place by the natural moisture in your mouth, although a dental adhesive may be recommended for meals or other situations where you want more security.
And if you change your mind later, we can adapt or replace your dentures to fit with dental implants.
How Can We Help You?
If you are looking to prevent tooth loss, please come by our dentist office in Tulsa, OK for regular dental cleanings and exams. If you are looking for teeth replacements, our team at Galleria of Smiles can help you with that as well.
Contact us online or call 918.999.0142 to request your need appointment.