If you’ve lost a permanent tooth from deep-rooted decay or an accident, you are not alone. At SōL Dental, Dr. Scott Dudley has been specifically trained in dental implants. After we replace your missing tooth, nobody will be able to tell your tooth had ever been missing.
If you are missing teeth, it can be important to replace them as soon as possible. A missing tooth or teeth can throw your entire oral health off balance. That is because, when you lose a tooth, your surrounding teeth start to wear and can break faster. As bone structure weakens and shrinks, the shape of your face will also begin to change. Ignoring a missing permanent tooth exposes you to more costly dental problems.
How does a dentist replace a missing tooth?
Whenever possible, our goal is to preserve natural teeth first. If a tooth is too damaged to save we replace missing teeth using dental implants. A successful dental implant from an experienced dentist like Dr. Scott Dudley is the most natural-looking, lifelike solution to restore your smile to its most natural state.
Dental implants work well because it allows us to restore missing teeth realistically while supporting jaw function, your smile, and overall oral health.
Are dental implants my best option to replace a missing tooth?
Because of common underlying issues with tooth loss and natural anatomy differences, implant dentistry is different for everyone. If you are considering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, we can help you determine if you are a candidate.
Dental implants can be an excellent lasting solution for people with the following dental issues:
- Patients with one or more teeth missing
- Patients who find that their bridge cannot be attached securely, impairing their ability to eat and speak normally
- Patients whose dentures keep on sliding in their mouths due to bone loss
- Patients who are losing facial structure and contour prematurely due to missing teeth and bone loss in the jaw
Contact our office today to schedule an implant consultation. During your visit, we’ll go over the pros and cons of dental implants, and make sure you know about any other tooth restoration options available to you.
Your dental implant treatment.
If you are a candidate for a dental implant, your treatment will consist of placing a small titanium “root” to support your new tooth. Depending on your condition, this new root can be used to replace a missing tooth or support new crowns, bridges, or dentures. Once placed, your new titanium root will naturally bond with your jawbone to create a stable foundation for your restoration.
Does dental insurance cover dental implants?
In most cases, basic dental insurances don't cover dental implants. We find that most dental insurances exclude implants from coverage because they categorize them as cosmetic. Your dental insurance policy likely has a “missing tooth clause” that says they will not pay to replace any tooth missing prior to issuing your policy.
If your dental insurance does end up covering a percentage of your dental implant treatment, congratulations!
Are implant-supported dentures an option for me?
Possibly. Each type of denture is designed to address specific issues. If you are missing many teeth, implant-supported overdentures could be an option that will make you look younger, and function better.
Implant-supported dentures compared to normal dentures have a youthful effect because they provide better support for your facial skeleton. Dr. Scott Dudley will help you determine the best option for your individual situation.
After your successful dental implant treatment:
- Your new teeth will look realistic and function like natural teeth
- Your new implants will prevent further bone loss and gum recession
- Your bone and jaw will be more stable and your face will regain its natural shape
- Your bite will be stronger and better able to support further restoration
- Your smile and oral health will be improved
If you would like to learn more about the health and cosmetic benefits of dental implants from SōL Dental, schedule a consultation with us today.