Dr. Judy Mejido, DMD
A1 Care For Everyone
9560 SW 107th Ave. #206
Miami, FL 33176
I truly love talking to my patients and discovering what is most important to them in regard to their dental health. One of the most commonly asked questions that I get from my patients is, “how do I keep my teeth for a lifetime?” Listed below are a few options to help with keeping a lifelong perfect smile.
Q: When one loses their tooth or multiple teeth, do they need to be replaced immediately?
A: From chewing to speaking teeth play a very important role in our daily lives. Nobody wants to lose their teeth. However, sometimes it is beyond our control. It can happen due to trauma or it can happen due to periodontal disease or a fracture of a tooth due to traumatic occlusion.
Failing to replace missing teeth can lead to dental complications like misaligned teeth, bone loss and a smile you may no longer be proud of.
Q: When you lose a single tooth or multiple teeth, what are your options?
A: There are three options. The ideal way to replace missing teeth is with “Dental Implants”. Implants restore the natural look and function of your teeth. They offer virtually no disadvantages since they allow patients to eat, speak and clean their mouth just like they always have. They can last you a lifetime with proper maintenance.
The second way to replace teeth is with “Fixed Bridges”. They are a permanent solution that doesn’t require removal at night. The disadvantages of bridges are that we have to prepare the teeth adjacent to the space to be used as anchors for the bridge. Also, they fail to address the bone loss that comes with missing teeth and they require more work to clean.
The last option is “Removable Partials” or complete dentures and they are worn during the day and taken out at night.
Q: What are your options if you fail to immediately replace any missing teeth and they drift?
A: It is never too late to have the smile you’ve always wanted and desired. You can align your teeth with “Invisilign” or “Traditional Braces” prior to replacing missing teeth to establish proper occlusion. This will restore the smile you had or give you the smile you always wanted but never had.
If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to give A1 Care for Everyone a call at our office. (305) 274-2110.