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Smile Missoula

Andrew C. Althauser, DDS
Ste C, 237 SW Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59803-1485
(406) 721-2830
Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
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Implants and Tooth Replacement

A missing tooth is the most obvious dental malformity, and often presents the dentist’s biggest technical challenge. Missing teeth can also undermine a person’s self-confidence and quality of life. Not only can missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance, the condition can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and the abnormal shifting of the other teeth as well as bite problems. Missing teeth often causes the look of premature aging.

Smile Missoula has had great success in replacing missing teeth with dental implants, bridges, dentures, or partial dentures. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, we are able to provide the service that is most appropriate for you.

Dental implants have become our favored way to replace missing teeth whenever possible. Acting as a substitute tooth root, implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The dental implant actually helps preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This helps maintain the integrity of facial structures.

There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. For instance, it is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to them with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth. By utilizing dental implants, patients may be spared the many problems associated with traditional false teeth.

Bridges are another treatment option when replacing missing teeth. Choosing the best treatment option depends upon the condition of the teeth adjacent to the space, bone condition, gum appearance, esthetic concerns, prognosis of the restoration, age of the patient, and budget considerations.

Dentures & Partial Dentures are another common and less expensive method to replace missing teeth. One of our passions is creating customized dentures and partials that are comfortable, functional, and esthetically pleasing. Our special training in denture technology and smile design has made it possible for our patients to experience the best of both worlds – comfort and cosmetics. We also offer implant-supported dentures. This type of denture securely snaps onto two or more implants to securely hold your denture or partial denture in place. If you have questions about tooth replacement, dental implants, or dentures please contact Smile Missoula for more information.