When you’re missing some or all of your natural teeth, replacing them as soon as possible is essential. Failing to get teeth replacements is not only unsightly, it can cause facial sagging, improper alignment, unintelligible speech, and difficulty chewing. Fortunately, you have multiple options to replace teeth as a Smiles of La Mesa patient.
Dentures are false teeth attached to a plate or retainer that cover up the teeth you are missing. We recommend complete dentures to patients who are missing all of the teeth on their upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Partial dentures can replace a single tooth or several consecutive missing teeth on the same arch.
Dr. Gonavarum takes special care to make your new dentures match the shade of your existing teeth as closely as possible. This will make you feel less self-conscious as you adjust to wearing dentures. He will also ensure that they fit snugly in your mouth before you go home with them. Our staff will provide you with plenty of tips to make the adjustment process easier.
One of the most popular ways to replace broken or missing teeth is with dental implants. With this procedure, your dentist first installs artificial tooth roots called abutments. It is then necessary to wait up to several months for your gums and jaw to heal before attaching the artificial teeth to their new roots. That is because they need to fuse with the existing roots in a process called osseointegration. We are happy to provide you with temporary removable dentures in the meantime.
Dental bridges are often a good solution for a single missing tooth or a few teeth missing in a row. Your dentist attaches a metal fixture to the back of the teeth on either side of the missing ones. This provides the needed support to hold the new teeth restorations in place.
We are happy to discuss your teeth replacement options with you further during a personal consultation at our clinic.