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MISSING TEETH

Missing Several Teeth

Have several missing teeth?

Embarrassed by your smile?

Tired of struggling to chew?

Missing teeth are no fun!

Missing teeth mess with our nutrition because they make it difficult to chew fresh crunchy fruits and veggies, chewy meats and heart-healthy hard nuts.

Missing teeth mess with our smiles. People with missing teeth smile less because they’re trying to hide their missing teeth.

Missing teeth mess with our facial bone. Without teeth, the bone dissolves, weakening our face structure and accelerating aging.

Missing teeth are not a life sentence

There are basically four ways to replace a group of several missing teeth. Each way has its own strengths and weaknesses that impact how it feels, functions and looks in the mouth. Keep reading to learn more.

Solution #1: Individual Dental Implants

Individual Implants Replacing Several Teeth

Missing Three Teeth (Actual Patient)

Missing Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants (Actual Patient)

Dental Implants are the ideal way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel and function like real teeth. Here are some of the things our patients love about implants:Dental Implants are the ideal way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel and function like real teeth. Here are some of the things our patients love about implants:

  • “My new implants look so natural! They look like MY teeth!” – Patty
  • “My implants let me bite and chew like regular teeth. I can eat anything I want. I’m chewing steak again!” – Daniel
  • “I don’t have to worry about dental implants getting cavities! That’s a weight off my mind.” – Becky
  • “I love that implants stop bone loss. I don’t want my face to get that sunken, old lady look any sooner than it has to!” Patricia
  • “Having individual implant teeth makes keeping my teeth clean a breeze. Brush like normal. Brush like normal. Floss like normal. Done. No more fancy flossers! I had bridges before and they are a pain!” – Elisabeta

People’s major complaint about implants: implants cost more than other treatments. The same technology and materials that make implants so ideal also make them more expensive. Fortunately, our team is great at finding solutions for patients who really want implants!

The Beginning: Placing the Implants (Actual Patient)

Mid-Treatment: Preparing the Implants to be New Teeth (Actual Patient)

The Finish: New Implant Teeth are Ready to Chew! (Actual Patient)

Dry mouth? No problem.

Dry mouth is a tooth killer. It can quickly ruin beautiful, healthy teeth in spite of careful brushing and flossing. Why? Saliva is our body’s mouthwash. Without it, the teeth get dirty, dry out, and decay.

Dental implants are the perfect solution for people with dry mouth because implants CAN’T decay! Implant teeth are made from zirconium and aren’t bothered one bit by the tooth-rotting acid from mouth bacteria. When dry mouth is involved, trading decayed natural teeth for new implant teeth is like trading in a motorcycle for an armoured car.

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Implants

Implants: A Royal Opportunity

For thousands of years, people have been trying to find a functional way to replace lost teeth.

Solution #2: An Implant-Anchored Bridge

 

Missing Several Front Teeth (Actual Patient)

New Front Teeth with an Implant Bridge (Actual Patient)

Implant Bridges: The Upside

  • They Don’t Hurt Healthy Teeth! Implant bridges are held in place by implants instead of using neighboring teeth. This protects healthy teeth from unnecessary crowns.
  • They’re Anti-Bone Loss (ie Anti-Aging) Implants hang on to the bone around them. This keeps more bone in the jaw and face, which keeps us looking younger longer than we would with a partial.
  • They’re More Comfortable. Our patients say that implants feel like real teeth. No constant irritating pressure on the gums like with partials.
  • Eat Anything! These implant bridges are strong and stable. Get the biting power of a horse without looking like one.
  • You Never Clean These Teeth in a Cup. Taking your teeth out at night makes everyone feel old. Implant bridges stay in the mouth like teeth. Goodbye, No Teeth Nights. Hello, Handsome!
  • Black Hole Be Gone. You can stop worrying about a black space showing up between your bridge and your gums. Implants slow bone loss under the bridge and keep it fitting and looking fantastic.

Implant Bridges: The downside

  • Not the cheapest. Implant bridges use implants. This makes them more expensive than regular bridges that attach to regular teeth.
  • Not Magical. Implant bridges only stop bone loss in the area around the implants. Implants can’t stop bone loss in areas where there aren’t implants.
  • Still Mean to Clean. ALL bridges – with implants or without – have to be cleaned underneath to protect the bridge and keep the gums safe from infection. This means special flossing tools and techniques. When we find a way around this, you’ll be the first to know.

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Implants

Implants: A Royal Opportunity

For thousands of years, people have been trying to find a functional way to replace lost teeth.

Solution #3: A Conventional Bridge:

Conventional Bridges: The Pros

  • Built in Cloaking Device: Bridges appear to fit into the gums just like natural teeth and they look natural for a long time.
  • No Denture Cleaner: Bridges are don’t come out at night. They are fixed in place. Most patients pick bridges over partials because bridges don’t wiggle around or make them feel older like partial dentures do.
  • One Tooth or Several Teeth: Bridges are a pretty versatile option. They can replace several missing teeth just like they replace a single tooth
  • Yesterday’s Best is Still Good: Bridges used to be the best dentistry had to offer when it came to replacing missing teeth. While implants are now the gold standard, bridges still provide functional, beautiful teeth.

Conventional Bridges: The Cons

  • Drilling Down the Neighbors: Bridges anchor to neighboring teeth. This means drilling down those teeth in order to attach the bridge. If they already need crowns, it’s not a bad idea. But, if they’re healthy, that’s not so great. Ideally, we leave healthy teeth alone.
  • Food Trap: Bridges trap food between the gums and the bridge.
  • Bone Loss Gets Ugly: As bone is lost in the jaw under the bridge, the bone and gums will slowly pull away from the bridge making it the bridge obvious and unnatural looking.
  • Higher Maintenance: Preventing gum infection under the bridge requires constant cleaning, which means having special floss and flossers, techniques and tools.

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Bridges

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Solution #4: Partial Dentures

Why People Choose Partial Dentures:

  • They’re Inexpensive: If you’re missing several teeth, a partial denture is the least expensive way to replace your missing teeth and get chewing again.
  • If price is your biggest concern, a partial denture is your cheapest option.

Why People Complain about Partial Dentures:

  • Partials don’t stop bone loss. Without a tooth root or implant, partials have no way of stopping bone loss. Bone loss eventually leads to fragile bone, wobbly teeth, discomfort and frustration.
  • They Move When You Chew: It’s hard to eat chewy, crunchy and hard foods when your teeth are wobbly. Picture salad, steak and almond roca toffee, all delicious but hard to chew with a partial denture.
  • Partials Make Gums Sore: Partials put the pressure of chewing on the gums. This causes cause gum irritation, sores & pain.
  • Partials Leave Marks: Partials stay put because of clasps that hook around your teeth. These clasps are usually made out of metal that wears lines and weak spots in these teeth.
  • Partials Sit in a Cup at Night: Partials get taken out each night. People often complain that taking out their teeth every night makes them feel older and more fragile.

Does Taking Your Teeth Out Bother You?

Modern dentistry offers some very practical removable solutions. Sadly, many patients find themselves surprised by sudden feelings of aging or depression when they transition to removable teeth. No one likes those kids of surprises. We have found that our patients are the most satisfied with their treatment when they understand, ahead of time, their treatment risks as well as the benefits. If you’re considering a partial denture, carefully consider how taking your teeth out at night may make you feel before you make your final decision.

Why Do Implants Cost More?

Everyone wants implants, but people hate that implants cost more than other options.
So why are implants more expensive than bridges, partials or dentures?

  • Implants: More Planning than Putting a Man on the Moon. That might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. Implants are only successful with detailed planning at every phase of treatment. Every surgery in our office is planned using a 3D CT Scan that can see inside your jaw and skull. These scanning machines cost as much as a nice house, but it’s not possible to perform safe implant surgeries without one.
  • Implants: More Training than a Marathon. No surprises here – implant placement is a delicate micro-surgery. A great outcome depends on skill, technique and experience that can only be developed with advanced implant training. You’ll always be able to find someone with less training placing implants for less money.
  • Implants: More Technology than a Computer
    Because an educated guess just isn’t good enough for successful surgeries.
    • Detailed like a Computer Chip: Did you know that the actual surface of dental implants is designed with a special molecular pattern? The surface design of implants play a big part in helping the bone around them heal.
    • Red Light. Green Light. We also only use implant drills that are specialized with “stops.” These “stops” work with our surgical guides to keep implants from going to deep.
    • No “In One Side and Out the Other.” Ever. Thanks to our custom surgical guides, we place implants precisely in pre-planned positions with a precision of fractions of millimeters.
    • “Magic” Mouth Guards: Ok, so our surgical guides aren’t actually magic and they only look like mouth guards, but do incredible things. Our guides fit over the teeth and guide implants into their exact planned position during surgery. This accuracy ensures patient safety and prevents damage to nerves, bone and teeth. Not all dentists use surgical guides because they’re expensive and cut into profits. However, these “magical” guides also cut risks to our patients. To us, that’s what matters.

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Our Happy Clients

Friendly and Caring

Dr. Bec and everyone else at this office are both friendly and caring! I had major problems and required my upper teeth to be pulled and implants to be installed along with an attached upper denture to be fitted. It was quite a process and they took care of me from beginning to end with no complaints from me! They were incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them! Dr Bec will be my dentist for life! Thank you all very much for the smile you gave back to me!

David M.

5.0
2019-03-19T19:22:26-05:00

David M.

Dr. Bec and everyone else at this office are both friendly and caring! I had major problems and required my upper teeth to be pulled and implants to be installed along with an attached upper denture to be fitted. It was quite a process and they took care of me from beginning to end with no complaints from me! They were incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them! Dr Bec will be my dentist for life! Thank you all very much for the smile you gave back to me!

High Level of Care

I came to Alamo Dental Health because of Groupon but will be making them "my dentist" because of the level of care. The doctor and staff were thorough and professional; I felt they cared for me as a person and a patient. After dentist hopping for the last two years I am glad to have found Alamo Dental Health. I highly recommend them!

Missy H.

5.0
2019-03-19T19:23:06-05:00

Missy H.

I came to Alamo Dental Health because of Groupon but will be making them "my dentist" because of the level of care. The doctor and staff were thorough and professional; I felt they cared for me as a person and a patient. After dentist hopping for the last two years I am glad to have found Alamo Dental Health. I highly recommend them!

Great Staff

Great staff, and the dentist was nice and thorough. They also have modern equipment and technique. Great experience for my first visit.

Michael P.

5.0
2019-03-19T19:23:39-05:00

Michael P.

Great staff, and the dentist was nice and thorough. They also have modern equipment and technique. Great experience for my first visit.
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