Patients can experience tooth loss for a variety of different reasons. Some of from factors beyond your control, while others are due to issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and dental negligence. Finding the right ways to maintain a healthy smile can reduce your risk of tooth loss.
Dr. Ken Schweifler understands the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. He takes a healthy centered approach to dental care and only recommends solutions that are designed to improve your overall wellness and function of your smile. As an experienced dentist, he works with you to educate you on your options as well as help you regain your dental health.
Why You Need To Replace Missing Teeth
Aside from the aesthetic reasons for replacing missing teeth, there is a range of other reasons for replacing lost teeth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone begins to deteriorate. When the bone under a lost tooth dissolves, the surrounding teeth begin to shift. Shifting teeth can affect the chewing system and make it increasingly difficult for you to chew comfortably. The presence of shifting teeth and bone loss may eventually lead to additional tooth loss.
So when you leave missing teeth untreated, it can lead to further complications. Early intervention can reduce your risk of extensive bone loss and reduce your risk of additional tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schweifler of Los Altos, CA. He can work with you to rebuild lost teeth and restore health and function to your smile.
Replacing Missing Teeth
In many ways, a dental implant is one of the most effective solutions for replacing a missing tooth. An implant is designed to replace the missing tooth roots as well as the visible portion of the tooth. Implants are made of titanium, which is a material impervious to decay and tends to be a long term, effective solution for lost teeth.
A tooth implant can replace a single missing tooth or they can be used to secure a denture or dental bridge for a more secure solution.
For patients missing a full or partial arch of teeth, we can use a few strategically placed implants to support a full or partial denture. Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable, cause slippage, and make chewing and speaking difficult. With implant secured dentures, your dentures are fixed into place so you can chew, speak, and smile confidently. A denture secured by dental implants is sometimes referred to as “All-On-Four”, which is where as few as 4 strategically placed implants are used to support an entire arch and is fixed into place.
Dr. Schweifler works closely with local surgeons for the surgical phase of the implant procedure. Once the implants fuse into the jaw bone (over the course of several months), he will begin to restorative phase in our Los Altos dentist office.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or explore your tooth replacement options, visit Dr. Ken Schweifler for a consultation.