Replace Missing Teeth – Plano, TX
Restore Your Smile to the Fullest
When you have missing teeth, it doesn’t only put a damper on your smile’s appearance. It also makes many daily tasks more difficult, especially ones that we tend to take for granted. This includes chewing our favorite foods or speaking with confident clarity. Since the risk for tooth loss increases with every missing tooth you have, there’s no better time than now to start planning to replace them. At the dental office of Kari Blankenship, DDS, we’re able to bring back any number of teeth using a variety of beautiful, custom-made solutions to replace missing teeth in Plano, TX.
Why Choose Kari Blankenship, DDS to Replace Missing Teeth?
- Implant Placement Provided In-House
- Digital Impression Technology for More Accurate Restorations
- Natural-Looking Dental Ceramics Utilized
What Happens if I Do Nothing?
When a tooth is lost, neighboring teeth begin to shift into the open space as a way to compensate for the missing tooth. This can cause negative side effects in your bite’s overall alignment and increase the risk of teeth grinding up against each other as you chew. Additionally, missing teeth cause the jawbone to shrink and weaken because it’s no longer being stimulated by the roots. Overall, it’s always better to replace your teeth sooner rather than later to prevent more serious complications from developing down the road.
Dental bridges are designed to restore one or more missing teeth in a row. Crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap to serve as “anchors” for the replacement teeth. Many patients who have struggled with the looseness of partial dentures prefer the sturdiness and permanence of a custom bridge. Dental bridges require about two to three appointments to create and place successfully. The team at Dr. Blankenship's dental office can assess you to determine if you are a candidate for dental bridges.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are an excellent choice for patients who are missing several or all of their teeth. The materials and manufacturing techniques used today make these prosthetics more attractive and comfortable than ever.
A partial denture can be the ideal replacement for those who still have some remaining healthy teeth. Prosthetic teeth are attached to a metal or acrylic frame that has clips that secure the partial to adjacent teeth. If the missing teeth are not consecutive, then the partial can be designed to fit between other teeth like the piece of a puzzle.
A full denture is designed to restore an entire arch of teeth. In this case, the new teeth rest on an acrylic base that is colored to look like natural gum tissue. The denture rests on top of your gum ridge. Natural suction and denture adhesive ensure a snug and secure fit.
Dental implants have largely become the new standard when it comes to comprehensive tooth replacement. They consist of a small titanium post placed within the jawbone that acts as an artificial tooth root. This is then attached to a patient’s new teeth above the gum line. Since implants are the only method that works to replace the entire structure of a tooth, they provide the most stable and longest-lasting solution to tooth loss available today.