The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic issue. Besides being somewhat embarrassing or having difficulty speaking or chewing, they also can cause harm to the gums and surrounding healthy teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. It will continue to deteriorate if no treatment is sought, making replacement options more and more difficult and potentially affecting other teeth.
Why Choose a Prosthodontist to Replace Missing Teeth
A Prosthodontist is one of only nine specialized dentists recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics is the specialty pertaining to missing teeth and the restoration of natural teeth. A Prosthodontist receives additional training after dental school and Dr. McCool has over 25 years of experience in replacing and restoring missing teeth. Meet Dr. McCool
With a high quality of customer service and a low volume of patients, Dr. McCool is able to spend ample time with each patient to hear their questions and concerns, discuss their treatment options, and collaboratively reach a decided best form of treatment.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Modern dentistry has come a long way and now offers several options for replacing missing teeth:
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that can be made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants are suitable for anyone with missing teeth who is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the highest success rate of all dental restorations at 98 percent. Learn more about dental implants
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, literally “bridging” the gap between missing teeth. A bridge uses two anchors surrounding the gap to hold the false tooth in place. These can either be dental crowns covering natural teeth or dental implants. Learn more about dental bridges
Dentures are a set of replacement teeth. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Implant supported dentures, known as denture implants can offer better stability and retention than traditional removable dentures. Learn more about dentures