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Missing Teeth? There ARE Options for You
Tooth loss can happen to anyone and when it happens to you, you may find yourself hiding behind your hand and avoiding smiling or laughing in public. While you may think you are alone right now, you are not. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult, aged 20 to 64, has at least three missing teeth or decayed teeth.
Whether you lost your tooth during an accident or you suffered some dental decay, there are options available to you. These options not only improve the look and feel of your smile, but they allow you to speak and chew without any issues.
At Steve Kim, DDS, we have several tooth replacement options available to you. Our Torrance, CA office specializes in cosmetic dentistry and restorative procedures to help you get the smile you have always wanted. Below, you can learn more about some of our recommended tooth replacement options.
Dental bridges are one tooth replacement option we offer here in our Torrance office. There are a few different types, but the general idea of a bridge is to fill in any gaps where you may be missing teeth. Bridges attach to surrounding teeth, so it is imperative that the “support” teeth are healthy and free from any dental decay. If there are no surrounding teeth, a dental bridge cannot be used.
Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. The implant itself is a small titanium post that, when implanted, creates a solid foundation. Once the jawbone is healed, crowns are affixed to the post to provide you with a natural-looking smile. Since dental implants are placed into your jaw, the recovery period can take several months but the implants themselves can last decades. Many patients choose dental implants as they preserve jaw bone and do not lead to shrinkage of the jawbone, which can change the patient’s facial features.
When you have several teeth missing in your mouth or you do not have any teeth that can support a bridge, we may recommend dentures. Dentures are removable and are not permanently fixed in the mouth, which makes them an ideal option for some patients. Dentures look just like natural teeth but there is an adjustment period to get used to them. Our office specializes in both full and partial dentures.
Schedule an Appointment at Steve Kim, DDS Today
At Steve Kim, DDS, we specialize in providing you with several tooth replacement procedures to help restore your smile. If you are interested in any of these procedures, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim. During your consultation, you will be able to discuss the procedure in detail. Call our Torrance office today!