Dental Prosthetics Las Vegas
Las Vegas dental prosthetics is an area of dentistry that deals with replacing missing or damaged teeth. Prosthetic dentistry doesn’t just replace the look of missing teeth, but also the form and function of those missing teeth. When choosing a Las Vegas dental prosthetic specialist, you will want to consult a dentist who is a proven leader in his field, like Dr. Kevin Khorshid at ABC Dental Care.
Why Are Dental Prosthetics Necessary?
When teeth fall out, the most obvious problem facing a patient are cosmetic concerns. Missing teeth can be embarrassing and can lower a person’s self-esteem. Missing teeth also affect the quality of life. Patients may find they are unable to eat or chew foods that they once enjoyed and that their speech is affected by the gaps in their teeth. The muscles in the face and jaw also begin to shift where there are no teeth to hold them in place, and patients suddenly look much older.
But there are some effects of missing teeth that are less obvious. As soon as a tooth falls out, physiological changes begin to occur in the jaw. Without a tooth root anchored into place, bone and tissue loss begins to occur. This bone and tissue loss causes other teeth to shift. All of this movement and imbalance throws the jaw out of alignment which can lead to pain, discomfort and the inability to chew properly.
Dental prosthetics fill these missing gaps, restoring a patient’s self-esteem and crucial jaw functionality.
Types Of Dental Prosthesis Available
There are a multitude of dental prosthetics that can replace missing teeth including:
- Crowns – Commonly referred to as a cap, a crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is used to restore a damaged tooth or to fully cover a dental implant. Crowns help strengthen teeth, maintain dental alignment and improve a patient’s appearance. They can be made of steel, metal, resin, or porcelain.
- Dental implants – An artificial tooth root, usually made from titanium, that is anchored into the actual jawbone to replace teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. Crowns designed to match the remaining natural teeth are then fitted over the top of these implants.
- Bridges – Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures and fixed removable dentures. They literally “bridge” gaps formed by missing teeth.
- Dentures – Dentures are the most traditional form of removable false teeth. Depending upon the needs of the patient, dentures may be full sets of teeth or partial sets of teeth.
Choosing The Right Dental Prosthetic
It is important that the right replacement is chosen for a missing tooth or missing teeth. There is no one-size-fits-all method, which is why a full dental examination is required before Dr. Khorshid can make a proper recommendation on dental prosthetics. He sits with each patient individually and examines the teeth, jaw, bite and sinuses to fully assess the situation that caused the tooth loss. In addition to an oral exam, he will take x-rays to help plan the right course of treatment. He will consider medical history, allergies, personal preferences of the patient, time, cost and overall oral health before making his recommendation.