When you lose a tooth (or multiple), the appearance of your smile isn’t the only thing that takes a hit. The rest of your body and your confidence also suffer. Chewing becomes more difficult and causes you to indulge in easier things to eat, usually unhealthy foods. The gaps in your smile suck in your face, causing your facial muscles to sag and make you age quickly. Depending on the location of your missing teeth, communicating can even be challenging causing a lisp. Don’t let missing teeth stop you from living a healthy, confident, happy life. The dental practice of Dr. Kelly LeBlanc can help you if you’ve lost one or multiple teeth by providing you custom, well-fitting dentures in Spring, TX, dental implants, or both!
Finding a good replacement option is one of the best things you can do for your confidence and overall health if you’ve lost multiple teeth. Dentures have the stereotype that they are only for older patients that have lost a whole (or both) arch of teeth. Yes, older patients with excessive tooth loss are great patients for dentures, but they can help so many other patients as well. By having natural looking prosthetic teeth placed precisely along a gum-colored base, we can seamlessly repair your smile. Partial dentures are a great way to replace several teeth in various places within your mouth, fitting between your natural teeth like the perfect puzzle piece. Full (complete) dentures can replace a whole arch of teeth.
While there are different options for patients struggling with the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants have a unique benefit that sets them apart. Unlike dentures, dental implants focus on replacing both the underlying part of your tooth (the root) and the visible portion (the crown). Your tooth root stimulates your jawbone, keeping it full and healthy. Without one, patients experience bone deterioration over time, leading to an increased risk of additional tooth loss or a sunken facial appearance. Thankfully, dental implants replicate the entire structure of a tooth, preserving and encouraging the growth of new bone tissue.
Which is right for me?
You and your dentist are ultimately the only two people that can come to an understanding about which tooth replacement option is best for you. One thing that Dr. LeBlanc takes into consideration is the density left in your jawbone. This plays a major role in determining which tooth replacement is best for you because your jawbone must be strong enough to support dental implants. Sometimes, patients prefer combining both replacement options with an all-inclusive option to replace entire rows of teeth with all-on-4 implant dentures. This system only uses four dental methodically placed dental implants to permanently replace entire arches of teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about our restorative services, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office in Spring, TX. We’re dedicated to providing quality care to our local patients as well as surrounding areas like Tomball and Houston. Call us today!