Part of having a beautiful smile involves having a complete smile. Unfortunately, when you have one or more missing teeth, this can negatively affect the overall aesthetics of your smile. Also, missing teeth can interfere with natural chewing and speaking functions, especially when more than one tooth is missing.
In some cases, missing teeth can also change the alignment of the bite and cause certain teeth to become damaged or prematurely worn from excess pressure. Ultimately, as little as one missing tooth can affect your entire smile. However, when you are missing multiple teeth, these effects are amplified.
Luckily, modern implant dentistry has allowed multiple options for replacing missing teeth. Seeing our implant surgeon, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, to replace missing teeth means that you will get a dental restoration made from the finest dental materials and customized to your exact needs. A metal free dental implants option, known as zirconium dental implants, are fabricated to look like and blend with your remaining natural teeth. With over 30 years of experience and a sole focus on dental implants, our implant surgeon at Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry will advise on the best course of treatment during your dental implant consultation.
Options To Replace Missing Teeth
In cases where you have recently lost one or more teeth and your jawbone is still healthy, your implant surgeon, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, may recommend having dental implants placed. Zirconia dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from zirconium, a metal-free alternative to traditional dental implants.
With a sole focus on dental implants, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi will surgically place the implant into the jawbone, eventually fusing it with the surrounding bone during the healing process. Once healed, the zirconium screw will support a dental crown that functions and looks almost exactly like your natural teeth. An implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture may be used depending on the number of missing teeth.
In cases where individuals are missing one or more teeth surrounded by generally healthy teeth, your implant dentist may recommend a dental bridge. A traditional dental bridge uses crowns fused to either side of one or more fake teeth. The crowns are placed over the existing teeth and are used to support the bridge of artificial teeth that fills the gap. In some cases, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi may use different types of dental bridges. To place a dental bridge, our implant surgeon, Dr. Noumbissi, will first need to reduce the size of the teeth to place the crown over the top. After preparing the teeth, he will take a dental impression or oral scan and send it to a dental lab. When you return for your second appointment, the permanent restoration will be fixed in the mouth using dental cement. Once our implant surgeon, Dr. Noumbissi places the dental bridge, it will last around 10-15 years before needing replacement.
When patients have no remaining teeth or significantly damaged or decayed teeth, and your jawbone lacks bone mass, your implant dentist may recommend dentures. Dentures are an entire set of artificial teeth fused to acrylic or resin bases made to look like gums. They work by sitting on the gums and creating suction to hold themselves in place. While there is an adjustment period with dentures, it is possible to eat and speak properly while wearing them. You will also need to remove them every night and have them refitted every few years when they no longer fit properly.
Contact Miles Of Smiles Implant Dentistry
Contact Dr. Sammy Noumbissi at Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry at (301) 709-3020 for a consultation to see if dental implants could benefit your smile. With years of experience, our implants surgeon, Dr. Sammy treats many patients with metal free dental implants from Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Columbia, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Upper Marlboro, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.