Category: Tooth Replacement

Tooth Loss Doesn’t Mean the End of Your Smile

In the not-too-distant past, losing a tooth meant the end of an era for your smile. You could replace the visible portion of the lost tooth, known as the crown, with a dental bridge, but the consequences of tooth loss (such as jawbone erosion) would continue, causing more oral health complications in the future. Fortunately,… Read more »

Want to Enjoy Meals Again? Dental Treatment Can Help!

When was the last time you were able to sit down for supper, with your family or friends, and actually enjoy the meal without worry about dental pain or a denture? For patients struggling with dental problems, chewing can be uncomfortable or even painful. Unfortunately, this can also be the case for patients with ill-fitting… Read more »

Suffered from Tooth Loss? Don’t Settle for an Incomplete Smile

When was the last time you smiled confidently or enjoyed a meal without laborious or uncomfortable chewing? If it seems like ages, is that due to the loss of one or several of your teeth? As an adult, tooth loss rarely elicits the kind of joy kids experience when the Tooth Fairy pays them a… Read more »

Could a Dental Implant Restore Your Confidence?

Are you embarrassed by an old dental prostheses that no longer fits comfortably or stays in place securely, when you chew? Do you sometimes find yourself dreaming about an update that could inspire more confidence and comfort, both when you speak to friends and family, and especially when you eat? Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry provides… Read more »

Dental Implants: Restoring Your Lost Teeth

One of the leading causes behind tooth loss is infection, such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. These infections are fortunately preventable, which may account for the decrease of tooth loss in recent years. However, when preventive measures aren’t taken to protect your oral health, these kinds of infections can drastically damage your teeth –… Read more »

How Gum Disease Causes Tooth Loss

When good dental hygiene and recommended, routine dental care are implemented correctly, the goal is to prevent issues from forming and preserve your healthy, natural teeth. Still, tooth loss happens for a variety of reasons, and while accidents account for many of them, the majority of tooth loss cases could have been prevented. Though it doesn’t… Read more »

Do you Require a Tooth Extraction?

Keeping your teeth strong and healthy helps you keep your smile for a lifetime. However, sometimes unfortunate conditions or traumas result in losing teeth. In some cases (such as periodontal disease or facial injury) your teeth may fall out or get knocked out. Other times, Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds may have to remove a… Read more »

Tooth Replacements that Stand on Their Own (Sort Of)

If you’ve ever wondered how important replacing lost teeth is, consider the fact that one of their major functions is preparing your food for digestion so that your body can receive the fuel it needs. Since eating is a lifelong necessity, so is a full and fully-functioning set of teeth. Healthy teeth are meant to… Read more »

What You Didn’t Know About Missing Teeth

Your teeth are more important than you think. If you are missing a tooth, you may notice that chewing and speaking are more difficult. If you are missing an anterior tooth you may be embarrassed to show a gapped smile. However, tooth loss can have even more far-reaching consequences on your oral health. Missing Teeth… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Answers: Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

  If you have missing teeth due to facial injury, periodontal disease, or any other condition, Dr. Stephen Burds can restore your smile with bridges, implants, or dentures. Replacing your missing teeth is important to keep your smile full, healthy, and functional. Answer the following questions to determine why you want to replace your missing… Read more »