At Anderson Family Dental in Winter Park, FL, we offer top quality dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges to give you back your confident smile when you have one or more missing teeth.
If you have missing teeth, chewing can be difficult. It can change the way you speak and make you feel self-conscious when smiling and laughing. Missing teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift, which can mean enamel wear, cavities, and tooth fractures.
At Anderson Family Dental, we want you to enjoy healthy dietary choices and speak and smile with confidence.
THE BEST CHOICE
Drs. Bryant and Kathleen Anderson, your dentists in Winter Park, offer a variety of tooth replacement options, but dental implants are considered the gold standard. They are long-lasting and the closest tooth replacement option available when it comes to mimicking your natural teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement root. Your dentist surgically implants this root—which looks like a thin titanium screw—into your jaw where it bonds with the bone over a period of months. When bonding is complete, we place a restoration tooth, also called a dental crown.
PARTIAL AND FULL IMPLANTS AVAILABLE
Implants are a possible solution for multiple treatment plans. If you are missing a single tooth, one dental implant can replace it. If you are missing all of your teeth, they can be replaced by full mouth dental implants.
The first step is a conversation and consultation with our dentists. After examining your mouth—and taking x-rays, they will determine whether implant dentistry is a viable option for you.
Surgically Guided Implants
If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, Drs. Bryant and Kathleen Anderson use CBCT imaging to plan your implant surgery in advance to ensure optimal results for your procedure. The imaging will be used to create a custom 3-D printed guide to aid in your implant surgery.
In some cases, if you do not have sufficient bone for dental implants, the dentist will discuss bone grafting and staged treatments.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT
Dental implants do not need specific maintenance, which is part of the reason they are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement.
You will care for them just as you did your natural teeth, brush and floss at least twice per day and visit your dentist on schedule. These practices prevent future tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
What are dentures and what are the benefits?
When all or most of a patient’s natural teeth are lost, dentures may be a good solution to aid in speaking and eating normally. Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are removable. They are made to fit each patient’s mouth and to look like natural teeth.
Outside of the obvious function of chewing, dentures can also provide support to facial muscles which helps preserve the normal look of a patient’s facial features.
ARE DENTAL X-RAYS DANGEROUS?Some patients are concerned about the safety of dental x-rays because of the exposure to radiation it requires. At Anderson Family Dental, we employ a strategy called As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) to minimize the time and amount of your exposure to radiation in any and all imaging procedures. In addition to levels of radiation being very low, the protective vest used in the procedure is a layer of protection for your vital organs against unnecessary exposure. Thus, dental x-rays are considered safe for any age, with proper use of protective coverings.
Dentures do not last forever, over time you may notice that they are wearing down or you have a loose fit. Our dentist is able to reline your dentures and to help improve their fit so you can once again enjoy a confident smile, eating and speaking.
To reline your dentures, the dentist will replace or repair the parts of your dentures that are providing a poor fit. If you are needing a small adjustment, we can perform this right in our office in Winter Park, Fl.
WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE?
Another great restorative option for patients who are missing a few teeth is a dental bridge. It is a prosthetic tooth or teeth situated between dental crowns. The crowns cap the healthy teeth, allowing the restorations to fill in your smile gap.
We can also secure your dental bridge with a few dental implants—typically four to six. A dental implant is a root replacement and anchors a restorative tooth, bridge, or denture to your jaw.
Your dental bridge blends flawlessly with your remaining teeth, creating a seamless and functional smile. Replacing missing teeth is important for preventing bite problems, chewing problems, and jaw pain that can come from missing teeth.
HOW TO CARE FOR A DENTAL BRIDGE
To care for your dental bridge, we recommend a floss threader and small brush to keep debris from collecting at the gumline. Another great option is a water flosser (WaterPik) that uses a stream of water to clean the areas that are hard to reach. Please make sure to floss and brush your teeth regularly and keep your regular dental appointments, every 6 months.
Get Your Confidence Back
Missing teeth hold back the smile you want to give. Our tooth replacement options of dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges give you back the natural smile that is positively you.
Dr. Bryant and Dr. Kathleen Anderson, your Winter Park, FL dentists, are experienced in tooth replacement and take great lengths to get you the smile that you are confident sharing with everyone around you.