Missing teeth can be a serious problem both in the long and short term. Immediately, activities like eating, speaking, and even smiling can become huge sources of pain and anxiety, dramatically affecting someone’s quality of life. If you’re ready to finally get rid of those annoying gaps, Dr. Rattan is happy to provide a treatment made just for you. He offers a selection of dental prosthetics and has unmatched expertise in the realm of implant dentistry, meaning that you can receive whatever your smile needs to be happy and whole again right here in Tracy.
We touched on the short-term problems tooth loss can cause above, but what issues can arise over time? Mainly, the jawbone that used to support the missing teeth will start to slowly shrink and atrophy, which can actually cause the surrounding teeth to shift into the open space. The exposed gum tissue is also more likely to develop an infection, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. Whether it’s just one tooth or not, it’s never a good idea to simply ignore missing teeth!
A dental bridge is quite literal in that it actually bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth in a row. Dental crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the absent ones, and these are then bonded to the replacement teeth. Bridges not only help patients get their original appearance back, but they also restore normal chewing function and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Thankfully, the dentures of today are nothing like the ones your parents or grandparents might have worn. Instead, Dr. Rattan can design a denture that looks just as good as it feels, helping patients replace several missing teeth while not having to deal with constant shifting and slippage. In addition to traditional removable dentures, Dr. Rattan can also provide implant-retained ones, which are much more stable and long-lasting by comparison.
Dental implants are basically what made Dr. Rattan decide to become a dentist. After working on them as a biomedical engineer, he saw firsthand how they’re able to dramatically improve a person’s oral health and appearance, so he decided to switch careers. Dental implants are able to fully replicate a missing tooth from root to crown, doing something no other treatment can. Thanks to Dr. Rattan’s experience and hours spent learning about implant dentistry, he’s able to help patients rebuild their smiles in a way that feels like their teeth were never missing in the first place.