Missing Teeth

Las Vegas Dentist Serving Summerlin, Spring Valley And Nearby Nevada Locations

Many of our patients first come to us because of a missing tooth or teeth. At Nevada Dental Esthetics, we take pride in the work that we do in restoring beautiful and confident smiles. We understand that whatever the cause, having missing teeth can be embarrassing and damaging to your self-esteem, and we can help with that.

Please call for a free consultation to discuss your tooth replacement options: 702-737-3553.

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Problems Caused By Missing Teeth

Not only are missing teeth visually unappealing, but they can cause further dental problems, and even affect your overall health:

  • Your remaining teeth can start migrating to fill the gap. This puts them out of alignment, which can badly affect your bite.
  • Teeth out of alignment will wear more quickly.
  • A gap left long enough will cause the nearby bone to deteriorate.
  • A shrinking jawbone will change the shape of your face and cause you to look older than you are.

Two of the most common solutions for correcting a missing tooth or teeth are permanent dental bridges or dental implants. Depending on the number of teeth missing and the placement of those teeth, Dr. Paez will recommend the best solution for you.

Dental Bridges For Missing Teeth

A dental bridge is a false tooth permanently attached to neighboring teeth. It can be suspended between two other teeth via crowns or by "wings" attached to the back of neighboring teeth. If there is no neighboring tooth on one side, it is attached to two teeth on the other side.

Dr. Paez will take an impression of the area that needs a bridge. A dental lab will use that impression to create the bridge and send it back to our offices. In a second visit, Dr. Paez will cement it into place. With proper care, you can expect a bridge to last ten years or longer.

Advantages of dental bridges include:

  • Dental bridges are a quick solution as they can be completed in about two weeks.
  • Compared to dental implants, they are relatively inexpensive.

Dental Implants For Missing Teeth

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that provides an anchor for an artificial tooth (a crown) to replace a missing tooth. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, implants involve surgically placing one or more artificial tooth roots into the jawbone.

Advantages of dental implants for replacing lost teeth include:

  • Dental implants are secure and durable
  • The crowns attached to them look and function like natural teeth
  • The crowns can be cleaned and cared for like natural teeth
  • Other teeth are not disturbed in the process of placing implants
  • With proper care, they will last the rest of your life

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Are Dental Implants Better to Get Than Bridges?

There is a very common debate about whether dental implants are better than bridges. Both are fantastic options to replace missing teeth, but some factors separate the two. Dental bridges help “bridge” the gap in your smile, hence the name. Bridges are meant to act as a replacement for teeth without affecting the roots.

They are the more cost-effective option but can be challenging to clean and are less durable than dental implants. Dental implants replace the tooth in its entirety and are meant to be a permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants are small posts that replace the missing tooth root. When inserted into the target area, a process called osseointegration occurs. This is when the bone begins to fuse with the implant.

Ultimately, the choice of which is better is up to the patient, but there are some patients who may need a specific treatment depending on their circumstances.

Does Insurance Cover Implants and Bridges?

Yes, dental bridges are usually covered by your insurance company. As for dental implants, it depends on your situation. If it is for a medical reason, insurance can help cover some of the cost. However, dental implants are considered to be a cosmetic procedure, which is why they are only sometimes covered. Whether you are getting dental bridges or dental implants, it is a good idea to check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment.

Can Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?

In short, dental implants can last people a lifetime. However, this is only if they receive the proper care. Not taking care of your implants can result in you needing a repair or another replacement. Dental bridges can last more than ten years, but they will eventually need to be replaced. You may have heard that some bridges are “permanent;” however, this only means a dentist can actually remove them.

Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Paez

Missing teeth can disturb your self-confidence and your ability to smile freely. If you have one or more missing teeth and want to bring back a beautiful smile, call 702-737-3553 or submit an email contact form to the Nevada Dental Esthetics today. We can schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Paez to determine the best procedure to replace your missing teeth. A new smile, and your old confidence, will be restored in no time!

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