Are you suffering – physically and emotionally – from missing teeth? The long-term effects of missing teeth may include diminished bone in the jaw, which causes teeth to shift and changes the appearance of the smile; and increased risk of systemic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, at Richard D Weigand DDS in Spokane, WA, you have tooth replacement options.
Why are false teeth options important?
If you experience any of the following, it is time to consider false teeth options:
- Embarrassment or lowered self-esteem
- Oral discomfort or pain
- Changes in the diet that may affect digestion or nutritional intake
- Difficulty speaking clearly
- Crooked teeth that make brushing and flossing a challenge
Modern tooth replacement options in Spokane, WA
As a long-time member of the Implant/Prosthodontic Study Club, Dr. Richard Weigand is well-versed in various types of tooth replacement.
For a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth at various locations in the mouth, Dr. Weigand may recommend dental implants – especially for front tooth replacement. An implant is a surgically placed biocompatible post that replaces the root of the missing tooth. The jawbone fuses with the implant, acting as a solid foundation for a porcelain crown. With good oral habits, this method of permanent teeth replacement can last a lifetime
If you have several missing teeth in a row, you may choose a dental bridge. This prosthetic has artificial teeth, secured by crowns. A dental bridge may be anchored to natural teeth, or preferably to dental implants at each end of the gap.
The All-on-4® dental implant system replaces a full arch of teeth, at the time of extractions. Just four specially designed implants are placed to hold artificial teeth securely. This type of denture is extremely stable, for comfortable chewing and confident speaking, singing, and laughing. If you do not want to be seen without teeth, this “immediate load” implant system could be ideal.
Implant supported dentures are similar. However, since traditional implants are used, there is a healing period for osseointegration before the denture can be inserted. An implant-retained denture can be removable for easy cleaning or taken out only by the dentist at regular hygiene appointments.
You do not have to live with the distress of missing teeth. Call (509) 485-8620 to discuss tooth replacement options with Dr. Weigand in Spokane, WA.