Replacing Missing Teeth

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.

Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

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Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.
A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

An example of a dental fixed bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

An sample of a removable retainer with a plastic tooth known as a flipper

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

A depiction of a sturdy partial denture cast in metal and plastic

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

A representation of a full denture for the entire lower jaw

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

A visual of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Krueger & Lenox Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review By Jerry P

When I returned for my second visit, it was like approaching friends I had not seen for a couple months. No anxiety over the procedure. My first surgery recovery was so mild I went to work around noon the next day. My second surgery results were similar. No surprises. I have one small procedure to go and have no reservations about it. Overall, this experience on a one to ten scale was a ten. I must also say that the staff is absolutely excellent in their competency, social skills, and outright friendliness. This office is an example of what all Doctor Offices should be like. Thank you for being a great part of our community.

- Jerry P

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Patient Review By Ana A P

Excellent. The best Dr in Town.

- Ana A P

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Patient Review By James M

I highly recommend Dr. Krueger as an oral surgeon.

- James M

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Patient Review By Melissa F

I love how Dr. Krueger talks to me while he is working always reassuring me that Im doing good Im an extremely nervous person with shots and he helps quite a bit by just doing something as simple as that. Thank you Dr. Krueger....You're the Best!

- Melissa F

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Patient Review By Perry P

Very satisfied with procedure results. Minimal discomfort. Will gladly recommend to friends.

- Perry P

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Patient Review By Mark G

Having Dr. Krueger call me personally several hours after my extraction and implant placement was more than I expected. It was a personal touch that I wont forget and a business practice that other medical professionals would be wise to use as well. Dr. Krueger and his staff made a very uncomfortable situation very easy for me. They were comforting and supportive during my procedure and though my anxiety level was very high,they made every effort to encourage me and keep me comfortable. Should the need arise for Dr. Kreugers services again, I wouldn't hesitate to see him again.He and his staff are true professionals and a credit to their practice..

- Mark G

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Patient Review By Maryann (Mimi) L

Ditto of what I wrote in the "Additional Comments" above.

- Maryann (Mimi) L

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Patient Review By Kerry S

My procedure went off without a hitch .... and am thrilled with the end result. Dr.Krueger & his staff were incredibly caring! I recommend them HIGHLY!

- Kerry S

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Patient Review By Kerry S

My procedure went off without a hitch .... and am thrilled with the end result. Dr.Krueger & his staff were incredibly caring! I recommend them HIGHLY!

- Kerry S

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Patient Review By Delona F.

The whole procedure was much easier than I had imagined. I was pleased with all staff and Dr. Krueger...Getting flowers delivered to my home the day of my implant was certainly a nice surprise and totally unexpected. Thankyou!!

- Delona F.

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