Considering Bridgework Over Dental Implants

Missing teeth cannot only result in a less attractive smile, it can also leave gums exposed making them more susceptible to infections and other complications while putting adjacent teeth at a higher risk of loss. This can lead to pain, discomfort and a lowered self-esteem.

Leaving missing teeth untreated can cause surrounding teeth to drift from their natural positions further affecting the way you speak or chew your food among other dental problems. Although dental implants have become one of the most popular procedures for addressing and resolving missing teeth, not all people qualify for this procedure, but can find a solution with a dental bridge.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz of Foutz Family Dentistry has extensive experience in fixed bridge procedures that can effectively fill the gap where one or more teeth may have been.

Dental Implant Versus Bridgework

A dental implant requires the placement of an artificial “root” into the jawbone and attaching a crown to it. This artificial root or post is made of titanium and is implanted into the jawbone through a small surgical procedure. The post is then left to fuse naturally with the bone for a period of 3 to 6 months. Following successful fusion, an abutment is placed on the post and finally, the dental crown is screwed on top of the post.

Bridgework, in contrast, involves installing a bridge between two natural teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing teeth. The crucial differentiating point is that although the gap is closed, there is no fixture of the artificial tooth to the jawbone as is the case with an implant. A bridge can also help to support surrounding teeth.

Pros And Cons

A dental implant procedure is an effective long-term solution for missing or eroded teeth. However, the process itself can be long and tedious, and there is a risk of patients developing infection in the implanted area, which can delay the healing process. Qualifying for dental implants can also be difficult, as they require significant bone volume in the jaw in order to properly support the implant.

Dental bridges can provide a quicker, yet still effective solution for missing teeth. Bridgework is safe, relatively painless, and is much more simple to execute. Dental implants require at a minimum 4 appointments, likely more, over the span of several months, yet bridgework can typically be completed in just two office visits.

Although dental implants will provide a longer lasting solution than a dental bridge, they are significantly more expensive and have greater requirements in order to qualify for the procedure.

Reasons To Consider A Henderson Fixed Dental Bridge

Bridgework provides a more affordable and still effective solution for replacing missing teeth. With a fixed bridge, patients can complete their smile, improve bite, and protect the jaw joint. A bridge offers a natural looking and durable means for fill the gap left by lost teeth.

During a fixed bridge procedure with Dr. Foutz utilizes a high degree of precision and dexterity along with technology in order to properly fit dental bridges that will provide support and prevent decay while improving the appearance of a smile. For more information or to schedule a free consultation for Henderson bridgework, contact Foutz Family Dentistry today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Replace Your Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, you have likely been looking for ways to resolve the issue. Not having a full set of teeth is not only physically discomforting, but can also be emotionally stressful affecting self-image and esteem. An effective way to solve this problem is to replace your missing teeth high quality dental implants.

Dental implants look and function like natural teeth and provide an advantageous solution to dentures or bridges. An implant is a custom made crown that is attached to a metal anchor through a mounting post. The porous metal anchor is first placed into the jawbone and then the patient must then wait for the bone to grow around it and lock it into place. After the anchor has fully integrated into the jawbone, the mounting post is secured into it and the crown is then attached. Below are five ways in which dental implants can improve your quality of life.

Eat Well

The greatest benefit of dental implants is the ability to eat well without limiting the foods you are able to chew. When teeth are missing, a person is not be able to chew food properly and sometimes is not able to fully enjoy its taste. Instead, they are forced to make do with uncomfortable chewing. This discomfort can be completely avoided using dental implants.

Improve Face Structure

People with missing teeth often have a slight disfigurement in their facial structure, specifically in the jawline, potentially causing the face to look disproportionate. With dental implants, patients find a restored jawline and improved appearance.

Boost Self Confidence

Missing teeth in addition to a disfigured jawline can significantly affect the confidence of many people. Unfortunately, bullying and teasing are often directed at those who look different in any way, wearing away at a person’s self esteem and preventing them from living life to their fullest potential. By investing in dental implants, appearance is improved boosting self-confidence, self-image and giving many patients a new lease on life.

Prevent Mouth Diseases

People with missing teeth are more at risk of contracting diseases of the mouth such as periodontal disease. Such diseases can affect the gums, sides of the mouth, stability of the teeth, and so on. All such troubles can be better avoided through dental implants.

Zero Adhesives

Unlike wearing dentures, which require the use of adhesives to hold it in place, dental implants need no such things. Dental implants are tightly attached without the use of any uncomfortable adhesive substance. What’s more, caring for implants is as simple as caring for one’s natural teeth with normal brushing and flossing. 

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At Foutz Family Dentistry, we provide the highest quality dental implants that offer a number aesthetic, medical, and emotional benefits. Through innovative techniques and superior materials, Dr. Barton Foutz provides patients with an incredible way to replace missing teeth and provide dental solutions that will last for decades. Call our office today at (702) 792-5929 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Small Diameter Implants — Their Place In Dentistry

Small diameter implants (SDI) have benefited a large community of patients who were once limited in treatment options. For many patients with loose dentures and missing teeth, conventional implant therapy does not work, however small diameter implants provide an effective alternative.

How Are SDI’s Different?

Small diameter implants are the same as conventional-sized implants, simply smaller in diameter. According to FDA standards, any implant above 3.0-mm in diameter is deemed as a conventional implant, while those in a diameter range of 1.8-2.9 mm are deemed to be small-diameter implants. Just like conventional implants, SDIs are made of titanium alloy with precise thread patterns implemented on them and a unique surface treatment designed to facilitate osseointegration. Small diameter implants can be implanted through a minimally invasive procedure and offer the virtually the same effective performance as conventional implants.

Who Does It Benefit?

Studies have shown SDIs to have long-term success for various patients with unique situations that do not allow them to qualify for conventional implants. Typical patients who qualify for small diameter implants are those:

  • Without adequate bone quantity or quality for implementing a conventional-sized implant
  • Of older age who are not able to sustain extensive procedures
  • Without adequate bone, but do not want to undergo bone grafting
  • With a limited budget
  • Who desire a more minimally invasive procedure

Small diameter implants are a more effective alternative for many patients. There is also comparatively a much quicker healing period and lesser post-procedure pain. SDIs are generally implanted without having to raise a soft-tissue flap making it easier for patients cannot undergo invasive procedures. The procedure for small diameter implants is quicker and require less appointments.

In addition, small diameter implants cost nearly half the amount of their conventional counterparts, making it a more accessible procedure for a vast number of patients.

Henderson Small Diameter Implants

Foutz Family Dentistry offers superior small diameter implants services for patients seeking to restore their smile, but do not qualify for conventional implants. For more information or to schedule a consultation contact Foutz Family Dentistry today at 702-792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Ezbond A. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
1st Generation:

Great Grandfather

Dr. Ezbond A. Foutz
Harold B. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
2nd Generation:

Grandfather

Dr. Harold B. Foutz
Lawrence C. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
3rd Generation:

Father

Dr. Lawrence C. Foutz
Barton H. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
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Dr. Barton H. Foutz