No one ever plans to lose teeth, but for many, it becomes an unfortunate reality, particularly later in life. Whether you just could never seem to keep up consistent care because of a busy schedule or an accident or illness contributed to your teeth loss, you may still be left with feelings of guilt or shame and damaged self-esteem as a result. The good news is, you don’t have to just live with these feelings. Lytle, Tate & Stamper has been providing patients with quality teeth replacement in Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada since 1929, and we have the expertise to make you whole again.
Consider Your Options for Teeth Replacement
When you have more than one tooth missing, there are generally three options for replacement: removable partial dentures, conventional tooth-supported bridges, and bridges supported by dental implants. Let’s take a closer look at each:
- Partial Dentures: while partial dentures are sometimes sought for their convenience in being removable, this actually works against your long-term oral health. Because partials aren’t permanently affixed and anchored into your bone, they actually accelerate the process of bone resorption (deterioration) associated with missing teeth. Most patients avoid wearing them due to discomfort, and the clasps the dentures use to stay in place actually damage healthy existing teeth over time.
- Conventional Bridges: similar to partial dentures, conventional bridges aren’t rooted in the natural bone structure of your jaw and, thus, accelerate bone resorption. As opposed to clasps, bridges require that neighboring teeth be filed down to accommodate the necessary hardware to anchor them, but they also depend on neighboring healthy teeth for support and can eventually cause those supporting teeth to fall out.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: because implant-supported bridges are anchored into your jawbone, they help avoid the bone resorption that is accelerated in the other methods of treatment and offer a number of other benefits as outlined below.
Patients needing multiple teeth replacement in Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada should research these options carefully and consider the long-term implications and viability of each.
Benefits of Implant Supported Bridges
There’s something to be said about the fact that more and more oral surgeons are gravitating away from the traditional methods of tooth replacement. Dental implants simply provide better, longer-lasting care, and, in the interest of providing the best service to patients, the switch is natural. Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada teeth replacement patients can gain all of the following benefits from treatment with an implant supported bridge:
- Replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Greatly enhanced comfort and stability over partial dentures
- Restoration of natural biting and chewing capacity without dietary restrictions
- Near-complete resistance of bone resorption, thus maintaining facial structure integrity
- Implant supported bridges are self-supported, thus neighboring healthy teeth remain uncompromised
- Longevity for lower lifetime cost over other methods that require replacement every 5-10 years
About Lytle, Tate & Stamper
At Lytle, Tate & Stamper, we pride ourselves on being one of the premier dental implant practices in Southern California. Our surgeons are possessed of vast experience in providing surgical implant procedures, even with the advanced methods required in complex implant reconstructions. In addition, they are recognized specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery by the ADA, members of the Academy of Osseointegration, a professional organization dedicated to advanced education and research on dental implant procedures, and they serve on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
We use the most current technologies available to enhance patient care at every stage, and we’re one of the few practices in the area with experienced, dedicated Implant Coordinators to facilitate the dental implant process. Patients needing multiple teeth replacement in Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada should schedule an appointment and see the difference Lytle, Tate & Stamper can make in your care firsthand.
In need of multiple teeth replacement? Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada’s experts, Lytle, Tate & Stamper are here to help. Call to schedule your consultation today!