Dentist in Creve Coeur, MO

Many people will experience losing a tooth, and having multiple teeth missing is not uncommon. It can be a very painful and inconvenient experience, but fortunately, there are many ways to restore the mouth to its original function.

The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology estimates that one in four people between the ages of 20 and 44 will lose an adult tooth. A tooth can become loose or fall out for several reasons, including oral health issues, accidents, or gum disease.

One of the most common ways people lose teeth is from cracked teeth from stress. This happens when tooth enamel is damaged, usually by chewing pressures. Braces, fillings, broken dentures, and other things can all lead to stress fractures in teeth. Untreated gum disease can also lead to tooth loss due to inflammation that results in bone loss around the jawbone.


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Depending on the number of missing teeth, strength of the remaining teeth, and the health of the gums and jawbone there are several options to restore multiple missing teeth.

    • Partial Denture: A partial denture is a removable appliance that is custom made to replace any missing teeth in an arch and attach to the remaining teeth. It is a very cost effective way of replacing multiple teeth. These are generally made of two types of materials.
        • A Cast Metal Partial: Has a metal framework for better chewing ability. Nearly all of the metal is hidden behind teeth or covered by acrylic, however sometimes a small amount of metal can be seen where the partial holds onto the remaining teeth for retention.

        • Flexible Partial: A flexible partial does not have the metal framework so these generally offer better aesthetics than a cast metal partial. It however lacks a sturdy base which allows it to move slightly during chewing.

    • Complete Denture: A complete denture is a larger removable appliance made of acrylic. It rests on top of the gums and bone for retention. The retention of a denture greatly depends on the amount of jaw bone remaining for it to rest on.

    • Snap Denture: Regular dentures can have a tendency to rock and move while chewing or talking. A snap denture engages multiple implants to significantly improve the stability and chewing ability of a denture. The attachments that connect the denture to the implants can be customized to the patient for extra chewing stability or to make it easier to take in and out. A snap denture does not require as much bulky acrylic as a regular denture making it significantly more comfortable.

    • All on X: This implant restoration is also for people replacing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. It is a very low profile restoration that screws into multiple implants placed across the arch being restored. This restoration screws in and stays in 24/7 and can be made out of denture acrylic or the aesthetic zirconia material used for dental crowns and bridges.

It is important to get the best type of dentures to suit your needs and lifestyle. It is important to understand the opportunities and limitations that each appliance offers.

These are custom-made in the dental office, and they are made only to fit your mouth. We are happy to be able to provide this service for our patients because it will help restore function and appearance of teeth if any are needed to be removed.

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