2 Possible Dental Treatments For Missing Incisor Teeth

The incisor teeth include the central incisors, also called the two front teeth, and the lateral incisors located one spot to the rear of each central incisor. The incisors combine to form the grabbing portion of the chewing process. Loss of multiple incisors can create severe chewing and bite difficulties and impact your self esteem since these are the most visible teeth in your mouth.

Your cosmetic dentistry office has a few dental treatments and replacements available for missing incisors. The best course of treatment depends on the number and location of missing teeth.   

Two Missing Teeth: Dental Implants

The loss of two missing incisors requires treatment but can involve a more localized dental replacement option. Dental implants look natural and offer stability that will greatly benefit teeth that play a forceful role in chewing.

Dental implants start with a metal root that goes into a drilled hole in the jawbone. The jawbone needs to have a certain level of health and density or else you might have to undergo a bone graft and healing period before receiving the roots. The root placement is followed by its own healing period during which the jawbone will heal around the metal root to hold it secure.

After the bone has sufficiently healed the roots into place, the artificial teeth crowns are snapped onto the tops of the roots. The whole process can take several months so you need to have some patience with the process. You will likely consider the final results worth the wait.

Multiple Missing Teeth: Partial Dentures or Overdentures

Do you have more teeth missing in the general area of your missing incisors? A large number of dental implants is costly and impractical. Your denture might instead choose to use partial dentures, which do come in an overdenture variety that features the support of two dental implant roots.

Partial dentures contain several artificial teeth crowns attached to a rigid, flesh-toned plate that sits on the gums. The ends of a traditional plate have hooks that go around the end natural teeth for support. But implant-supported or overdentures have a metal implant root in the end empty spaces to support the plate. The overdentures rely on the same jawbone health requirements as dental implants and require the same healing period.

Partial dentures allow for natural teeth to exist between the missing teeth because the plate will simply have holes to allow the natural teeth to poke through. Those natural teeth can combine with the implant roots to offer the most support possible to the partial dentures. If you’re interested in finding out more about cosmetic dentistry services, visit sites like http://www.drclschneiderdentalcare.com.