An incomplete smile can cause so many problems beyond someone’s appearance. Speech can become slurred, and people often lose the ability to chew certain foods, causing them to miss out on much needed nutrition. That’s why people with longstanding tooth loss usually suffer from a variety of seemingly unrelated health problems as well, including diabetes and heart disease. At Dental Wellness of Lexington, each of our dentists is ready to help people rebuild their smiles and safeguard their health using the most state-of-the-art solutions available today. Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire mouthful, you can trust them to provide everything you need with unmatched expertise and care.
Replace Missing Teeth – Lexington, KY
Your Home for Modern Teeth Replacements
Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington to Replace Missing Teeth?
- Nationally recognized experts in dental implants
- Every treatment is custom-designed for each patient
- State-of-the-art facility filled with the latest technology
What Happens if I Do Nothing?
So what if you’re missing just one tooth that can’t be seen in your smile…is it OK to leave the matter alone? Unfortunately, untreated tooth loss only tends to lead to even more tooth loss. The exposed gum tissue has a much higher chance of developing an infection that will erode the base of the remaining teeth. Plus, it’s common for the teeth surrounding a missing one to gradually shift into the open space, which can cause the entire bite to misalign. Both in the short-term and long-term, the best choice is to always replace a tooth as quickly as possible.
Bridges have been a mainstay in restorative dentistry for decades because they are so effective. Able to replace a single tooth or even a few in a row, prosthetic teeth are secured within the mouth using dental crowns positioned on either side. They not only restore the original look of the smile, but they also help a patient regain their normal chewing function. Plus, they prevent the nearby teeth from shifting out of place like we touched on above.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
For patients missing several teeth, dentures offer a straightforward way to help them recover their smiles. They can be designed to fit among any remaining teeth like the final piece of a puzzle, or they can sit directly on the gums to bring back an entire row at once. Today, they are made using strong ceramic teeth affixed to a gum-colored base, which gives them a natural appearance, added security, and new durability that our patients will be able to rely on, whether they are talking with a friend or taking a bite of their favorite food.
Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement. Why? Because they are the only treatment that actually replaces an entire tooth, not just the portion people can see. A small titanium post positioned within the jawbone is used to restore the root as well, creating a prosthetic that is the next best thing to nature. Dr. Feck is such an expert when it comes to implants that dentists from all around the country have attended his seminars for decades in order to learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment.