Bakersfield, CA – 3-D imaging devices have long been used by medical professionals to diagnose diseases and plan treatment options. Now, one 3-D imaging device is revolutionizing dentistry as we know it. Developed by global dental equipment manufacturer Sirona, there is no better way to diagnose dental problems and develop treatment plans. “3-dimensional imaging is really incredible,” says Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Thomas Frank DDS in Bakersfield. “This technology…Continue reading…
Missing teeth can dramatically affect your appearance and be more than an unsightly source of embarrassment. Left untreated, spaces from missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, lead to poor occlusion (improper bite) and/or TMJ problems (jaw pain), which can create difficulty with eating and enjoying special foods, not to mention make you more susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease.
In the past, a missing tooth meant a patient was treated with a fixed bridge. A dental bridge is a custom device that is anchored to neighboring teeth and is intended to replace one or more of your missing teeth. The tooth restoration can improve dental function as well as aesthetics.
These days, Dr. Frank recommends dental implants for missing teeth. Dental implants are the most appropriate and popular choice for missing teeth, replacing fixed bridges as the preferred tooth replacement therapy.
An implant can replace one, a few, or a complete set of missing teeth. A dental implant replaces the organic root portion of your missing tooth. It consists of a titanium post that is implanted into your jaw bone.
Comprised of biocompatible materials, the implant will merge with your jaw bone to hold your new tooth in place. To provide strength and a natural appearance to the implant, you will be fitted with a lifelike dental crown, leaving you with a fully functioning smile.
Once fitted with a dental implant, the new artificial pearly white will feel secure and stable, and no one will know it’s not your real tooth.
For more information on this realistic and viable option for lost or missing teeth, contact our office by visiting Ask Dr. Frank, where you can get a prompt response to all your most important questions.
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