Tooth Replacement Options in Bells, Jackson, & Milan, TN

Diagram of a tooth replaced with a dental implant at Premier DentalIf you are missing one tooth or several teeth, you need to know you have options for tooth replacement. Here is some information from Premier Dental about how to replace missing teeth.

Why Do Adults Lose Their Teeth?

Adults can lose their teeth for many reasons. Sometimes, medications for a chronic condition can cause teeth to lose bone mass, which might lead to tooth loss. Adults can also suffer trauma to the mouth that can cause tooth loss, such as when in a car accident and the airbags deploy or by a sports injury.

However, the most common reasons adults lose teeth are tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that have decay begin to weaken due to the acids in bacteria that are always present in your mouth, eating away at the tooth enamel and the underlying dentin.

Eventually, if the cavity does not get filled, the acids in the bacteria will reach the middle of your tooth and cause an infection that can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease, another type of infection also caused by mouth bacteria, can cause your gum tissue to draw away from your teeth, which can cause tooth loss as well because your gum tissue acts as an anchoring structure for your teeth.

Are There Problems Associated With Tooth Loss?

Nearly all adults have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. For example, many adults do not have their wisdom teeth because they were removed when they were teenagers or young adults. Because wisdom teeth are your third molars located in the very back of your mouth, losing them does not affect your bite pattern.

However, if you lose other permanent teeth, it can cause problems down the road. Depending on where your missing tooth was, the teeth around the gap created by your lost tooth may shift around to fill in the gap. This can cause issues with your teeth because it throws off your normal bite pattern, which can lead to tooth and jaw pain.

Also, tooth loss can lead to other jaw issues. The tooth you are missing was attached to your jawbone, and your body kept the bone tissue thick around your teeth to protect your tooth root.

However, when you lose a tooth, the tooth root is no longer there, which means that your body may begin to take away bone tissue from your jaw to use someplace else. Your jaw may grow less dense over time, and you might notice your facial structure looks different.

Tooth Replacement Options

While losing a tooth can be terrible, it does not have to be a permanent problem. There are solutions to replace your teeth that can restore your smile and eliminate jaw pain and bite issues.

Dental implants for tooth replacement offer some of the best ways to give you back those teeth you have been missing.

What If I Need to Replace a Single Tooth?

Dental implants offer a great solution when you need to replace a single tooth. Dental implants have been around since the late 1990s, but they have become the gold standard for dental restorations.

Instead of merely sitting on top of your gumline, the way that both dentures and bridges do, implants actually anchor into your jawbone in the same way a natural tooth does. This anchoring gives dental implants stability.

Also, because the implant anchors to your jawbone, your body believes you still have a tooth there, which means you will keep your dense bone tissue in your jaw.

Single-tooth replacement with a dental implant is usually done in three stages.
•  First, one of our our dentists will make an incision into your gum tissue so that he can reach your jawbone.
•  Then, the dentist will drill a small hole into your jawbone and implant the dental screw that your prosthetic tooth will be anchored to.
•  Your jawbone will need time to heal, and as it heals, the implant screw becomes fused to your jawbone in the same way your tooth root did previously.
•  Once your jawbone heals, our dentist will place an abutment (or connector) on your implant screw, which will link your screw and your prosthetic tooth together. Then, you are ready for your prosthetic tooth!

One of the best parts about dental implants is their longevity. You may have to have your prosthetic tooth crown replaced every couple of decades because the porcelain wears down over time. However, you most likely will never have to replace your implant screw or your abutment.

What About Replacing Multiple Teeth?

Not only can you replace any single missing teeth with dental implants, but the technology is available to replace multiple teeth missing in the same area. For example, you may be missing your top four teeth directly in the front of your mouth.

When that happens, you can opt for a multiple tooth replacement implant. Dental implants can replace an entire top or bottom jaw full of teeth.

The procedure to replace multiple teeth is much the same as replacing single teeth.
•  Our dentist will make an incision into your existing gum tissue to access your jawbone.
•  Instead of drilling one hole into your jawbone for an implant screw, the dentist will drill between two and four holes for your implant screws.
•  Depending on your needs, our dentist may fit you with a temporary or healing prosthetic to wear while you are healing from your implant procedure.
•  Once your jawbone heals, our dentist will then place abutments on top of the dental screws, and you will be ready for your prosthetics!

Many multiple-tooth implants use an implanted bridge, which works the same way a traditional dental bridge does, except it is attached to a dental implant screw, so it is permanent.

You Have Tooth Replacement Options in Jackson, Bells, & Milan, TN! Call today!

Do you need help with restoring your smile? Why not give Premier Dental a call today at 731-300-3000, and let us make you a consultation appointment?

Bells Office

(731) 663-9999

7019 US-412
Bells, TN 38006

Mon: 11am - 6pm
Tue: 8am - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: By appt
Sat & Sun: Closed

Jackson Office

(731) 300-3000

80 Exeter Rd
Jackson, TN 38305

Mon: 7am - 7pm
Tue: 7am - 7pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: 8am - 3pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Milan Office

(731) 613-2800

14029 S 1st St
Milan, TN 38358

Mon: 11am - 6pm
Tue: 8am - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: By appt
Sat & Sun: Closed

Lexington Office

Opening June 10th.

689 W. Church St.
Lexington,TN 38351

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Tooth Replacement Options in Bells, Jackson, & Milan, TN
Your dentists in Bells, Jackson, & Milan, TN provide many options for replacing missing teeth. Learn more on our website about single & multiple implants!
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