St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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Posts for: January, 2017

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you have missing teeth, replacing them could benefit your oral and general health. Unfortunately, many people falsely believe that the tooth loss repairgaps in their smile are permanent. There are options for missing teeth, including several important reconstructive dentistry procedures. Learn more about tooth replacement options and which could be the best for you with St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.

What are my tooth replacement options?

  • Dental Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by using a prosthetic dental restoration which bridges the gap between two healthy teeth. A dental laboratory customizes the bridge specifically for you and your mouth, allowing it to blend into your smile. A permanent bridge uses a dental crown on either side to attach to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap while a removable bridge uses metal clasps.
  • Dentures: Dentures can replace most or all of your teeth in one fell swoop. Dentures are usually one of the most affordable options for tooth replacement. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on an arch. Partial dentures allow any remaining healthy teeth to fit through the denture. This not only keeps the denture in place, but stimulates the healthy teeth to keep them from shifting or the bone in which they lie from atrophying.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants use a surgical procedure to permanently replace your missing teeth. Your dentist implants the fixture, a small metal post, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. The fixture integrates into the bone to become a permanent part of your smile. After this process, known medically as osseointegration, your dentist affixes a porcelain dental prosthetic called a crown to the fixture to complete the implant.

Tooth Replacement in St. Charles
Not everyone is a good candidate for these tooth replacement options. For example, in order to successfully place a dental implant, it requires enough jawbone to sturdily hold it in place. Missing teeth cause tooth atrophy, or the breakdown of the bone, meaning good candidates should have minimal atrophy. A dental bridge requires two healthy teeth on either side of a gap. If you feel as though you would benefit from tooth replacement, your dentist can help you choose the best option for you. All of your options will require a strong at-home oral care routine to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

For more information on tooth loss or filling in your gaps, please contact Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment today!