Tooth loss, whether you are missing one tooth or several, affects your ability to perform even the most basic tasks. Chewing your favorite foods, smiling to friends and family, and maintaining oral health only become more difficult as time passes. Even worse, your risk for future tooth loss increases dramatically with every tooth you lose. Dr. Tolliver has the experience and training to safely replace missing teeth in Springfield, MO, including offering dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. To learn which treatment is right for you, give our dental office a call!
When teeth are lost, neighboring teeth will naturally begin to fill the gap on their own as a way to compensate for the open space. Unfortunately, this only hurts your smile’s alignment. It essentially causes your bite and smile to become uneven. An uneven bite only leads to increased stress on the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Additionally, those with missing teeth will find it incredibly difficult to process food, which can negatively affect your digestion.
Bridges are a restoration measure that help both the esthetic and functional qualities of your oral health. They replace extracted or decaying teeth, revitalize appearance, and help protect against future decay or infection. These procedures also assist in eliminating discomfort in your bite, allowing you to eat, talk, and laugh without feeling soreness or being self-conscious. Each bridge consists of several crowns fused together, with crowns on either end being hollowed out so they can be placed on top of existing healthy teeth.
Modern dentures are more natural looking than any denture of the past. Not only are they made with gum-colored acrylics and ceramic restorations, but they are also designed to fit inside of the mouth more effectively than ever before. Each denture, whether it’s replacing teeth on opposite sides of the mouth or all teeth in a given arch, is customized to fit the shape of your mouth exactly. This ensures that it stays secure and fits comfortably for many years to come.
Not only are missing teeth unfavorable to appearance, but they may also lead to a variety of oral health problems. Dental implants are a successful solution to tooth replacements and are an alternative to bridges or appliances. Once the implants are placed into the bone by Dr. Eric Tolliver, we then fit the prosthetic replacement teeth to look and perform like original, healthy teeth. Dr. Tolliver is highly experienced in both placing and restoring dental implants. They are a great option for replacing missing teeth and are also a great option for stabilizing loose dentures