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Tooth Replacement

Best Tooth Replacement Options

There are several tooth replacement options for lost, removed or congenitally missing teeth. You may opt for the traditional dentures and bridges or choose the modern technique of installing dental implants.

Importance of Tooth Replacement

Best Tooth Replacement Options
Best Tooth Replacement Options

Many people fail to see the importance of replacing lost teeth.   

  • While most people would be self-conscious if tooth loss is evident, they wouldn’t consider it important to have it replaced if not for aesthetic purposes.
  • People smile better when they have nice teeth. That’s a fact. Missing teeth or gaps between their teeth would affect their self-esteem and confidence. A simple tooth replacement can fix that.

More than aesthetic purposes, tooth loss changes not only the bone and gum but also neighboring teeth.

  • Bone Loss - When a tooth is removed, the bone that supports the teeth shrinks over time. Resorption happens, creating a depressed cavity. This leads to another problem.
  • Drifting - When there are gaps or space between teeth, neighboring teeth tend to “drift” into the empty space. If resorption has already happened, not only will teeth “drift” into the space, they have the tendency to lean towards it, affecting one’s bite and jaw alignment. The opposing tooth in the jaw will also go down into that empty space (super erupt).

When all these happen, teeth and gums are predisposed to decay, gum disease and even affect one’s bite (occlusion). These would all affect your face and smile.

Tooth Replacement Options

Bridges

A bridge is a restoration made to space in between teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded or cemented into place. Only your dentist can remove it.  Adjacent teeth between spaces are prepared to attach the bridge.

Advantages: It looks, feels and functions like natural teeth and costs less than implants.

Disadvantages: Adjacent teeth are affected since they are “thinned” to be able to attach the bridge. Cleaning also requires extra effort.  Special flossing is needed to keep the bridge and the surrounding tissue healthy.

Dentures

Dentures are easily taken out of the month. Replacement teeth are fixed to a base that matches the color of your gums. There are full or complete and partial dentures.

The key in wearing dentures is having a perfect fit.  Dr. Reese makes sure that he personally creates a custom-fit denture that will not only look natural but FEEL natural too. He has the belief that no one has to know you’re wearing dentures. He has trained extensively and has garnered more than 25 years of experience to arrange teeth in a manner that mimics your natural teeth.

Advantages: They are easier to repair and less expensive than bridges or implants.

Disadvantages: Since fit is crucial, dentures need to be replaced from time to time as one’s bone density and bite changes as one gets older. They can also break or be lost since they shouldn't stay inside your mouth for 24 hours straight. Cleaning them in a solution overnight and brushing afterwards is recommended.

Dental Implants

Installing dental implants is considered the newest tooth replacement option in the field of dentistry. Implants are titanium posts that are place in the upper or lower jaw to serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. Titanium is a strong and lightweight metal accepted by the body. It is also used in hip replacement and bone fracture surgeries.

Advantages: Dental implants are the most similar to natural teeth. They also help prevent shrinkage of bone from tooth loss. Adjacent teeth do not need to be involved in the procedure unlike bridges. And unlike dentures, implants last for many years.

Disadvantages: Implants cost more than other treatment options. Since surgery is required, it is not for everyone.  Patients should be in good health. They should either have adequate jawbone to support an implant or be qualified to have surgery to build the area for implant. Patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and leukemia, are not good candidates. Smoking will also delay healing.

Know Your Options. Talk to Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese has been doing restorative and surgical dental work for over 25 years. He regularly trains and studies new and improved techniques, being an accredited Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

He will be able to assess your dental situation and recommend the best tooth replacement option for you. His clinic, the Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or use this map.

Same Day Dentures

Sometimes known as temporary dentures, same day dentures are also called immediate dentures. They are prepared and created before the patient’s natural teeth are removed.  After extraction, a pre-fabricated denture is inserted in the original tooth socket. Same day dentures are based on the impression taken by your dentist before tooth removal. Teeth replacement often takes time, especially if teeth problems are extensive. Patients would need to go back several times to be able to complete a procedure. It takes time to get dentures and implants ready. This is where same day dentures come to the rescue – you can go out of the dental clinic wearing new teeth! Getting immediate dentures after extraction is such great news for patients, especially those who have obvious teeth gaps or missing teeth.

Advantages of Wearing Same Day Dentures

Same Day Dentures
Same Day Dentures
  • The biggest advantage of same day dentures is speed you can get them. You are able to wear them right after tooth extraction! Not all people would want to other people to know they have dentures. This type of dentures will help them continue with their normal daily activities.
  • It acts like a bandage reducing bleeding after tooth extraction. It holds and protects tissues together after extraction, promoting faster healing.
  • If you still need to have teeth extractions while waiting for dentures or implants to get completed, same day dentures are a great and worthwhile investment. You can have a full set of teeth even after extraction!

Dentists and dental services will always strive to help you keep your teeth for life. Unfortunately, even with good care, you might eventually need to replace some of your teeth, and for you that might mean dentures. Tooth loss can have physical and emotional impacts. You might feel less confident about yourself and feel self-conscious especially when eating, smiling or talking.

Dentures vs Dental Implants

Fortunately, there are ways to help you gain that confidence back. Technology advancements give people options between getting dental implants or dentures, depending on the need, recommendation of the dentist and personal preference. Read more about find your best tooth replacement options.

If you have gaps on your teeth, getting dental implants might be a better option because your dentist doesn’t need to drill adjacent teeth for bridges.  Dentures are commonly applied and recommended to older people, but Dr. Reese may have more options for you.

Teeth Replacement Options by Dr. Reese

A common misconception is that once you wear dentures, you can wear them for a lifetime already. As a person ages, gums and bones along the jaw will also change, they usually shrink. The fit of one’s dentures will no longer be a perfect fit and this is where you need to have it replaced.

Regardless of the tooth replacement method you will undergo, Indianapolis dentist Dr. Ted Reese, an accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and fellow and former president of the Midwest Implant Institute, will make sure that your teeth will look as natural as possible to bring your confident smile back.

His dental and oral surgery center, Indianapolis Dentistry, is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Indianapolis, five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or operating hours.

Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!