Tooth Replacement Options
These days, there are many solutions to replace missing teeth. Stephenville Oral Surgery recognizes the unique needs and preferences of every patient, especially when it comes to tooth replacement. It is important that you find the tooth replacement option that is right for you. Dr. McPhillips offers dental implant-based tooth restorations, ranging from a single restoration to the full-arch restoration procedure. When you come to our office in Stephenville, TX, Dr. McPhillips can help you find a tooth replacement option you can be satisfied with.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can offer a permanent solution. However, dental implants may not be the best option for every patient – it is extremely important that every patient is completely satisfied with their new smile. To help you make an informed decision about tooth replacement, please review the most common tooth replacement options below.
- Designed to be permanent
- Replaces a single tooth or multiple teeth
- Looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth
- Preserves bone health
- Allows you to eat the foods you love with confidence
There are three parts to a dental implant: the titanium implant body, the abutment, and the crown. First, your oral surgeon will place the titanium implant body into the jaw bone. Over time, the implant will fuse with the bone to create a secure foundation for the crown. A custom-made crown and connecting abutment are placed once the implant has integrated. The results are natural, durable, and designed to be permanent. Dr. McPhillips specializes in dental implant placement and can help you find the right dental implant-based treatment plan for you.
- Designed to be permanent
- Ideal solution for patients experiencing severe tooth loss who want to avoid extensive grafting procedures
- Entire upper or lower arch can be replaced at once
- Natural appearance
- Allow you to eat the foods you love
- Preserves bone health
The full-arch restoration procedure offers a permanent solution for patients who are experiencing severe tooth loss and decay. Patients receiving the full-arch restoration procedure can experience a brand-new smile with just one procedure. The full-arch restoration procedure works by placing a natural-looking prosthesis over four to six dental implants.
Stephenville Oral Surgery specializes in dental implant-based tooth restorations, including the full-arch restoration. You can learn more about dental implants by visiting our Full-Arch Restoration page.
Traditional Dental Bridges
- Designed to be semi-permanent
- Good for patients who are missing one or two teeth in between healthy teeth
- May need replacing after years of wear and tear or if cavities develop on the supporting teeth
- Shorter treatment time than that required for dental implants
Many patients prefer a dental bridge because they offer a secure option for tooth replacement without undergoing a surgical dental implant procedure. A dentist can place a dental bridge; these are fixed (non-removable). A dental bridge works by bridging the space between healthy teeth where one or more teeth are missing in between. Patients who are considering a dental bridge should be aware that some healthy teeth may need to be ground down to support a bridge and the prothesis may need to be replaced if either of the supporting teeth fail. They can also be challenging to keep clean which may predispose to cavities.
Dentures (Full or Partial)
- Can accommodate patients with varying degrees of tooth loss
- Usually need reline or replacement after several years of continued bone deterioration
- May require periodic adjustments
- Can prevent shifting of other teeth (partial dentures)
- Improve the way you eat and chew
- Least expensive restorative option
Even with all of the modern solutions to tooth replacement, traditional dentures remain popular. Patients with traditional dentures often prefer that they can be removed whenever they want and still offer a convenient tooth replacement solution.
Dentures should not have any pain associated with wearing them. If adjustments fail to provide any relief, surgical treatment may be necessary to allow a secure and comfortable fit. This procedure is called pre-prosthetic surgery. Dr. McPhillips performs pre-prosthetic surgery at her office in Stephenville, TX. Please visit our Pre-Prosthetic Surgery page to learn more.
Tooth Replacement Options in Stephenville, TX
At Stephenville Oral Surgery, your comfort and care are our highest priorities. Dr. McPhillips specializes in dental implant-based solutions for tooth replacement at her practice in Stephenville, TX, and can help you decide the best tooth replacement option for you. Whichever solution you choose to replace missing or broken teeth is a personal one, and we want you to be informed of all of the options available. To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants and the full-arch restoration, please call our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. McPhillips.