Options for Missing Teeth in Jacksonville
Advanced technology for replacing teeth
With recent advancements in dental technology, replacing missing teeth can be accomplished with a variety of minimally invasive procedures. Each option can provide attractive and stable new teeth.
Drs. Parker and Pennington have many years of experience with providing single dental implants as well as implant-supported bridges and dentures. They will collaborate with you to help you chose the option for replacing missing teeth (or teeth that need to be extracted) that best suits your needs and budget.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. A porcelain restoration, such as a crown, bridge or denture, is attached to the post via a connector called an abutment.
Although bone is often perceived as being a hard, static material, it is actually continually changing and growing, and it requires the stimulus of teeth to continue to do so. Implant-supported restorations provide this stimulus and deter damaging bone loss.
Dental Implants deter bone loss
One of the most damaging side effects of missing teeth is bone loss. Although bone is often perceived as being a hard, static material, it is actually continually changing and growing, and it requires the stimulus of teeth to continue to do so. Implant-supported restorations provide this stimulus.
Replacing a single tooth
Dental professionals agree that the best option for replacing one missing tooth is with a dental implant. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are stable and long lasting, and they look, feel and function like natural teeth. A dental implant doesn’t require the cutting down of healthy teeth as with a bridge.
We do recognize that not all patients are ready to go forward with a dental implant and we do offer other solutions such as a bridge or partial denture. Drs. Parker and Pennington are very experienced in these treatments as well.
Multiple teeth replacement
When multiple teeth are missing,each missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant. However, depending on how many teeth are missing, this can quickly add up in cost. An alternative is to use a dental bridge that uses implants to support one or more of the porcelain “teeth.” A dental bridge supported by implants is a fixed (non-removable) restoration and acts and feels very much like natural teeth.
Replacing all your teeth
Drs. Parker and Pennington will evaluate your individual case and collaborate with you to choose the best option for replacing your teeth, while keeping your budget in mind.
In some cases, temporary restorations can be worn for a few years to spread out costs, help you become accustomed to implant-supported restorations, or to allow for fine-tuning that perfects your restoration.
Options for missing teeth are as follows.
State-of-the-art dentures that fit beautifully
Dr. Parker is known for creating beautiful, natural looking dentures that fit snugly and comfortably. He uses state-of-the-art techniques and materials to provide you with premium quality dentures that usually don’t require the use of dental adhesives.
Your dentures will look quite natural and, when necessary, can be designed with a corrected bite and tooth length to help fill out the lower portion of your face.
Traditional dentures are a good option when a patient is not comfortable with oral surgery and dental implants.
Increased stability and chewing power
With implant-supported dentures, your custom dentures are attached to a series of dental implants, which are placed strategically within your jawbone. This provides more stability, allows for increased ability to chew, eliminates any potential slippage and provides stimulus for bone regeneration.
Stabilize your existing dentures
Denture stabilization requires a minimum of two dental implants per arch, although more implants equals increased stability and more lifelike function. We can also retrofit your existing dentures to snap on to the implants.
New Teeth in One Day
Fewer implants, improved stability
New Teeth in One Day is a technique using four implant posts to support a single arch. Long, tapered posts are placed in locations and at angles that provide the greatest support and distribution of load, while maximizing the use of existing jawbone.
With this procedure, bone grafting isn’t always necessary, which means less expensive and faster results. As with any implanted-supported restoration, bone loss is minimized and chewing ability is greatly increased.
Fixed Implant Bridges
The strongest and most lifelike solution for missing teeth
Implant-supported bridges are flexible, stable and mimic natural teeth as closely as possible. A series of implant-supported bridges can be used to replace all teeth, with six to eight implants on the top arch and five on the bottom arch.
They are the best option for replacing multiple missing teeth, however, implant-supported full or partial dentures are functional, stable and help deter bone loss as well.
Small diameter Dental Implants
SDIs (small diameter implants) can be used when space for an implant is limited or when bone grafting isn’t an option due to medical considerations. They are used to stabilize dentures or support a single tooth restoration.
SDIs are more affordable than their larger counterparts, however, the general rule of thumb with dental implants is that longer and wider posts provide the best support.
When Nick came to see us, he had many missing teeth and most of his existing teeth were infected and decayed. We consulted with Nick and together we decided to replace his remaining teeth with a full set of custom dentures. As you can see, he could not be happier with his new smile!
“After 38 months without teeth, it was a great thing to be able to eat again. Dr. Parker is very down-to-earth. Thank all of you for the wonderful service you gave Phyllis and me. We enjoy coming here at any time.”
“The staff’s professionalism and attention to the patient is amazing. I’ve had dentures for 50 years due to a genetic predisposition to poor teeth, and I was always ashamed of my smile.
“I had implants previously, and it was a total failure. I pulled some of the implants out myself. The work that Dr. Parker and his staff did was FLAWLESS! I now have a smile that would rival Eric Estrada from CHiPs.”
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