Tucson Tooth Replacement Dentist
Replace missing and damaged teeth!
Worried about missing teeth?
Issues with your smile can cause you to be self-conscious. If one or more of your teeth are missing, this can be a serious concern for both the appearance and health of your smile. There are many potential causes for a missing tooth, including periodontal disease, decay, trauma, or a congenital issue where the tooth never develops.
A missing tooth can cause jawbone deterioration in the area the tooth should be. Missing teeth can also interfere with your speech, making it harder to pronounce words clearly. Additionally, when a tooth is removed or missing, the surrounding teeth will tend to drift into the empty space, complicating your dental problems.
Our skilled team at Skyline Dental can help restore the look and function of your smile when a tooth is missing.
Are dental implants the best choice for missing teeth?
Implants are the ideal choice for restoring missing teeth for most patients and in most situations. Dental implants are small titanium root replacements that are placed below the gumline. After placement, it’s typical to wait 2-3 months for healing before a permanent tooth can be attached.
Are dental bridges as good as implants?
Dental bridges in certain situations are preferable to dental implants. Sometimes, for aesthetics, they are the superior option, or when replacing small teeth, like a lower front tooth, minimally-invasive bonded bridges are an option that does not require any drilling or alteration of neighboring teeth. Typically, for conventional bridges, the adjacent teeth need to be prepared and adjusted, which can be considered invasive, especially if those teeth are perfect teeth and never had a previous dental restoration. Considerations when deciding implant vs. bridge are:
- EHealth of adjacent teeth
- EQuality of remaining bone for implant placement
- EPatient age, overall health, and medications
- EPatient susceptibility to cavities
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“I love my new smile. Wish I did this sooner. The process was easy and I had complete confidence in Dr. Raymond and his team from start to finish.”
“What truly impressed me was the technology and software he and his staff operate. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen in other dental offices.”
“Dr. Raymond and his team are amazing. I’m so happy with my new smile and Skyline Dental made it affordable by allowing me to make payments over time.”
Treatments options for Missing Teeth
If you’re missing teeth, Skyline Dental offers a variety of treatment options to restore the appearance, health, and function of your smile. We use high-tech treatments and have helped thousands of patients in Tucson fix missing teeth forever. Learn more about tooth restoration treatments, including:
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider replacing my missing teeth?
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants or another restoration can improve your overall health, self-confidence, and quality of life. There are many benefits of replacing missing teeth, such as:
- Improved chewing and speaking. Without natural teeth in place, it’s difficult to chew properly or speak clearly—something most people take for granted until they lose one or more teeth.
- Improved appearance. Without natural teeth in place, the smile becomes lopsided and gaps can develop between other remaining teeth. This can make you appear older than you really are and may even cause embarrassment when speaking with others or smiling widely—especially if they’ve never seen your smile before!
- Improved dental health. The loss of a tooth means there’s less support available for surrounding healthy ones, which could lead to problems like decay or gum disease over time if not treated properly through regular dental checkups.
Can everyone get dental implants?
Nearly anyone can get dental implants. However, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate before committing to the procedure.
Being a good candidate starts with sufficient bone. If bone is insufficient, grafting can always be done to grow bone and make you a good candidate. Patients with osteoporosis are actually still very good candidates for dental implants, which is a common misconception. Patient’s at the most risk for implant failure are those with recent radiation for cancer treatment to the head and neck area. However, implants may still be an option and should be discussed with an oral surgeon.