Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
State-of-the-Art Teeth Replacement
A missing tooth affects more than your appearance and self-confidence. It can affect your speech and even what foods you can eat. Missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift, altering your bite. Additionally, since your jawbone requires the stimulation and pressure from chewing and biting on teeth to maintain its density and volume, bone loss in the jaw will occur in the areas where teeth are missing.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu provide many options for replacing missing teeth, including dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and full-arch replacement teeth. Dental implants are by far the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike of all tooth replacement options. Our doctors recommend implant-supported restorations whenever it is best for a long-term solution.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw to act as a replacement root for a missing tooth. After the implant is placed, the jawbone surrounding the implant integrates (fuses) with the implant and firmly anchors the implant in place. The integrated implant is then as strong as a natural tooth root.
Implants are used to support individual crowns, dental bridges or full-arch replacement teeth. Implant-supported restorations generally provide excellent chewing power that is close to or equal to that of natural teeth.
In the past, people with major health issues or advanced bone loss in their jaw were often not candidates for dental implants. Modern technology has since made it possible for most people to safely receive them and enjoy their many benefits.
We guide every step of your dental implant treatment
Our doctors will precisely plan your dental implant treatment in partnership with a trusted local implant placement specialist. They will design the crowns, bridges or dentures that will be placed on your implants so they are durable, very aesthetic and fit perfectly with the rest of your teeth. They use only premier dental labs and technicians to guarantee that your restorations are of the highest quality.
Screw-retained restorations for strength and health
Our doctors secure your implant restorations with screws rather than with dental cement whenever possible. Screw-retained replacement teeth are just as strong as cemented teeth and can be removed for easy adjustment or repair in the future. They also reduce the risk of infection of your gum and bone tissues due to cement leakage. Our doctors will place the screws so they are completely invisible in your smile.
Replacing a Single Tooth
We offer two main options for replacing a single missing tooth:
Dental implant-supported crown
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu prefer a dental-implant-supported crown to replace a single missing tooth if the adjacent teeth are healthy. We make our crowns out of top-quality porcelain and have them custom-fabricated in a premier dental lab.
Our crowns are designed so they fit in perfectly with your adjacent teeth. Your replacement tooth will look totally natural and provide the same biting and chewing power as a natural tooth. Implant-supported dental crowns can be brushed and flossed just like regular teeth.
Dental bridges on natural teeth have been the traditional solution for replacing a missing tooth, and our doctors create and place bridges with the same attention to detail as they do individual crowns.
Bridges compared to a single tooth implant have an important drawback if healthy natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth have to be somewhat shaved down for the bridge to be placed. This could compromise the adjacent teeth. If one of the bridge teeth develops a problem, the entire restoration of three or more teeth would have to be redone compared to a single implant crown.
However, there are certain situations in which a bridge might provide a more aesthetic or more practical solution than an implant. In our practice, both individual implants and bridges can last a long time thanks to our doctors’ high degree of technical expertise and as long as they are properly cared for. The doctor will examine you and let you know if a bridge is a good option for you.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
We have numerous options for replacing multiple missing teeth, and dental-implant-supported restorations are by far the most preferred for their strength, chewing power and durability.
When replacing several teeth in a row, our doctors can place a bridge supported by two or more implants. Implant-supported bridges are very stable and provide close to full chewing power.
Our doctors make bridges that are both durable and natural-looking, taking great care with the design of the details so that your replacement teeth will blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
Multiple individual implants
When replacing several teeth missing in a row, you can also opt for individual implants and crowns for each missing tooth. Some patients prefer this, as it allows for flossing between the teeth and is in all respects the most like having natural teeth.
Although our doctors usually recommend dental-implant-supported bridges for replacing several teeth in a row, a traditional bridge may also be a good option in certain cases—such as when the adjacent teeth are already compromised and in need of dental crowns.
The most economical option for multiple missing teeth is a partial denture. Dr. Bergmann makes excellent dentures that fit well and look natural. However, the chewing power of a complete denture is only a small fraction of that of an implant-supported restoration. Partial dentures do not prevent bone loss like implant-supported options do, unless they are fully supported by the remaining teeth.
Replacing All Your Teeth
We have several options for replacing all your teeth. Dr. Bergmann takes care of all full-arch tooth replacement and he will ensure that your new teeth are optimally functional as well as beautiful and lifelike.
Implant-supported, fixed-in new teeth in a day
The strongest option for replacing all your teeth is an implant-supported, permanently fixed-in, full-arch set of teeth. Dr. Bergmann uses his special expertise as a prosthodontist (a dental specialist in the design and fabrication of dental restorations) to make fixed-in teeth that are extremely strong, durable and completely natural-looking.
Dr. Bergmann can craft your teeth out of lifelike porcelain such as zirconia, a very strong and durable porcelain that is among the latest advances in dentistry. Depending on your preferences and budget, he can also use other options, such as acrylic over a metal framework. Implant-supported teeth can be made with an artificial gumline if needed, covering any depressions or irregularities in your natural gumline due to bone loss and thus enhancing your smile.
Your new teeth will be permanently fixed onto your implants and cannot be removed except by a dentist. They will provide nearly full chewing power and allow you to eat the foods you want. You will be able to smile with renewed confidence. Dr. Bergmann will organize your procedure so you can receive any needed extractions, have your implants placed and walk out with new temporary teeth the same day! You will receive your final, permanent set of teeth after your implants have fully healed and integrated with your jawbone.
Implant-retained removable denture
A series of implants can be placed to firmly hold a denture in place and provide stability. Special attachments are placed on the implants and on the underside of the denture that allow the denture to snap onto the implants. You will be able to take out your denture any time you like, such as for cleaning.
Your denture will not slip, you won’t need adhesives to hold it in place, and your chewing power will be greatly enhanced.
Dr. Bergmann also provides aesthetic, well-fitting traditional dentures.
Dentures are the most economical teeth replacement option, but they do have a number of disadvantages. They provide relatively low chewing power and can become unstable in your mouth over time due to bone loss in your jaw (which is exacerbated by wearing traditional dentures). However, they can be a suitable option for some patients. Dr. Bergmann can examine you and let you know what he recommends for you.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
Come and see us for a Complimentary Dental Implant consultation to find out what treatment options are available to you. Your consultation will include:
- Visual oral exam
- Limited X-rays as needed
- Consultation with the doctor
- Find out more about dental implants
- Discuss your treatment options
- Get all your questions answered
To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.