Missing teeth can not only be embarrassing, but it can also be detrimental to your dental hygiene. Missing or damaged teeth may cause you to not smile as often or force you chew your food on one side of your mouth. Whatever the circumstances are, these inabilities can have a dramatic affect on your oral health.
Even just one missing tooth can greatly impact your jaw function. We often see that our patients with missing teeth tell us that their mouth overcompensates in certain areas to avoid chewing food on a side where they have a missing tooth. This causes your jaw to work harder and take more impact in certain areas to steer clear of sensitive areas.
Bacterial infection is a higher risk for our patients with missing teeth. We often hear that our dental implant patients all around avoid areas where they’re missing teeth, especially when it comes to brushing or flossing. This can cause an increase in bacteria build-up, thus leading to gum disease. This not only affects your gums but also has an impact on your already existing teeth.
It should be no surprise that your smile is closely linked to how you feel about yourself. The number one complaint we’ve heard from our dental implant patients is that they simply just want to smile more. No one should have to hold in their true, natural smile. We always see an instant boost in confidence with our patients and nothing makes us happier.
One of the main oral health advantages of a dental implant is that the implant acts just like a natural tooth. Once the implant is placed, your jaw actually treats the implant like a tooth and starts to grow bone around it. This promises a strong bond for your implant, making an identical replica of your once missing tooth.
We know that the idea of getting a dental implant can be quite scary and intimidating. However, the installment of an implant is quite easy. Modern dental technology has made all of our services easy for our patients, especially Dental Implants. For those missing multiple teeth, we often recommend getting an Implant-Supported Bridge. Instead of placing several implants for missing teeth, Implant-Supported Bridges only require a couple of implants to restore complete function of such an area. What about those patients with dentures? We offer two different options for dentures: 1) Screw-In Dentures and 2) Snap-In Dentures. Screw-In Dentures are irremovable and promise no mobility whereas Snap-In Dentures can be removed at your convenience for cleaning and maintenance.
If you have a missing tooth/teeth, call our office to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you regain your smile. To schedule an appointment, you can call our office at (650) 938-8127.
Our well-qualified doctors have each treated several hundred dental implant cases. You can trust that our dentists have the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful implant.
Robert Rutner, DDS
Grant Road Dental is owned and operated by Dr. Robert Rutner. Dr. Rutner is a graduate of Georgetown Dental School and earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rutner is an established dental professional who is a part of many dental organizations including the American Dental Association, Smile Source, the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, and the California Dental Association. Dr. Rutner is also a Diplomat for the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Rutner grew up in Los Altos and has been practicing in the Bay Area since 1985. He has been a pioneer in dental marketing and group practice management. He assisted in the development of Invisalign including international training and expansion into Asia and Australia.
Lance Timmerman, DMD
Since 1998, cosmetic dentist Dr. Lance Timmerman has been helping people in Seattle with advanced procedures designed to improve the health and appearance of their smiles. A graduate of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Timmerman has not only learned the lessons that only experience can teach, he has continued his dental education with courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and John Kois Center for Dental Excellence. His membership in dental organizations and certifications allow him to keep current in the various aspects of dental care that matter to his patients and demonstrate his knowledge and skill. An emerging leader in dentistry, he offers the latest in dental care for his patients.