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Issues Caused By A Missing Tooth

Complications due to having a missing tooth

According to the ADA an average adult between the ages of 20-64 has three or more missing or decayed teeth. With the statistic being so high, it’s important to realize that not addressing the issue in time can lead to multiple problems including severe damage. Keep reading for a summary of common complications that can occur when a missing tooth is not replaced:

  • Bone Loss – Failure to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) is the leading cause of jaw bone loss. When you are missing a tooth, the jaw bone that was previously supporting the tooth is no longer being stimulated. This rapidly leads to bone decay and even muscle atrophy in severe cases.
  • Shifting Teeth – Teeth already naturally shift for several different reasons such as: gum recession, tooth decay, etc. But missing a tooth will accelerate the shifting by a landslide.
  • Difficulty Chewing – Depending on the location of your missing tooth/teeth, you may experience difficulty eating certain foods. Breaking off bites of food can be particularly difficult when you’re missing front teeth, as well as missing back teeth will make it difficult to chew hardy foods.

Speech Impediments – Teeth actually play a very important role when using verbal communication. Missing teeth can make it surprisingly difficult to pronounce certain words and can even cause accidental slurring, whistling or even spitting when speaking.

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How Can I Restore my Missing Teeth? Dental Implants

Losing teeth is not as uncommon as you may think. In fact losing a tooth or multiple teeth can happen because of multiple reasons such as: an accident, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or tooth decay. Whatever the cause, dental implants offer an effective and long lasting solution for your dental health.

Dental implants are a great solution for replacing missing teeth. They not only look the most like natural teeth but they also act like them. This is done through the implant being bonded to your jawbone at the base in order to provide a replacement that is just as strong as your natural teeth. Through the use of a strong metal base and a natural looking crown, your smile is seamlessly restored.

Contact AXIOM Dental Implant & Specialty Today

Visit AXIOM today for more information on dental implants in Las Vegas or to set an appointment call our office at (702) 541-8450 or visit our contact page today.

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Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges

Losing a single tooth can have a significant impact on the appearance of your smile and create many functional issues. When restoring your smile, dental implants and dental bridges are two are two procedures that are commonly uses.

If you are looking for the best solution for missing teeth, it is important to understand the treatment options that are available to you.

The Main Differences

Implants or dental bridges? Confused about which dental procedure is right for you? We’ll help you by providing information about dental implant prices, longevity of the procedure and our recommendation for choosing the best and most long-lasting dental treatment.

Dental Implants

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The average cost of dental implants depends on the number of teeth being replaced. If you are restoring a single tooth, the cost of the implant placement and restoration with abutment and crown will often match or be lower than a bridge, making dental implants the most cost effective and long lasting.

Dental Bridge

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges require adjacent teeth to be “cut down” to be fitted with a crown even if they are healthy. With dental implants, only the tooth that needs restoration will be affected. The choice you should always make, if possible is to keep your natural tooth intact.

With bridges, the bone density can diminish in the area that doesn’t have a tooth. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, helping increase bone health and reinforcing jaw strength.

In the long-term, an implant restoration is more cost efficient and durable and is now the standard of care when there is a tooth missing. With dental bridges you have crowns placed over two teeth and is more likely that the teeth supporting the bridge can decay, causing the gums to recede around the bridge. For this reason, we believe that dental implants provide a stronger, longer lasting and more natural replacement for our patients.

Still have questions which one is right for you?

Call AXIOM Today For more information on dental implants in Las Vegas or to set an appointment, call our office at (702) 541-8450 or visit our contact page today.

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The Benefits of Having a Board Certified Dentist

Board certification is an award given to dentists that have met higher standards of training and examination.  To become board certified, a dentist needs to complete a series of written, clinical, and oral examinations that require training beyond dental schooling, attained via residencies and other post-doctoral dental graduate programs. In becoming board certified, a dentist has shown and proven themselves to be a reliable, fully-committed dental professional that can provide the best possible care for their patients through dedication to their continued education.

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AXIOM’s Board Certified Dentists & Specialists

Dr. Matt Welebir –AXIOM’s founder has over 20 years of dental care experience specializing in dental implants. Dr. Welebir has received several awards throughout his career including: the Associate Fellowship with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, a Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists; and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, being the only dentist in Nevada to be awarded this position.

Dr. Amanda Okundaye –Is a graduate of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry as well as a graduate of both the American and National Dental Boards of Anesthesiology. Dr. Okundaye is a dedicated and skilled anesthesiologist so it’s no surprise that our dental patients always have positive testimonials and reviews about their experiences. Dr. Okundaye has been recognized as an established Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and a teacher of both the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) and UNLV School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Douglas Rakich – Is a certified Doctor of dental surgery and an endodontics specialist. Dr. Rakich has dedicated his entire career to his exclusive practice and endodontics.. Endodontics is one of the most challenging and specialized fields of dentistry, however Dr. Rakich is one of the best in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing a root canal treatment.

Set Your First Appointment with AXIOM’s Trained Dentists Today

To book your appointment with AXIOM, contact us at the phone number below. You can also find our addresses for our local offices located right here in Las Vegas, NV.

Appointment Office Phone: (702) 541-8450
Office Locations: 410 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145; 8965 S Eastern Ave Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89123

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All-On-4 Dental Implants: A Guide for the Procedure & Recovery

To understand what an All-On-4 dental implant is, you first need to know what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a small screw, usually made of titanium, that is inserted into your jawbone in the space left by a missing or damaged tooth. Once the implant is placed in your mouth, your dentist will attach a fake tooth (crown) to the screw.

An All-On-4 implant uses the same concept but for your entire mouth by making four anchor points on each jaw instead of each missing tooth. Then, your dentist can attach a denture to the anchor points for a restored set of teeth.

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What Can I Expect from the All-On-4 Procedure?

First, your dentist will want to make sure you’re comfortable, so either local or general anesthesia will be administered.

Second, the dentist or surgeon will prepare your mouth for the implants, which involves removing any remaining teeth that are failing. They will then remove any diseased or infected tissue from your jaw and gums. If not enough bone is present – bone grafting may be needed to ensure the implants have a solid foundation.

Next, they will begin the implant process. This means the dentist will insert the titanium screws into your jawbone. Most likely, they will place two implants toward the front of your mouth and two towards the back of your mouth so the “anchors” can evenly hold the denture.

After the implants have been placed, they will thoroughly clean the surgical sites and suturing all the incisions. Then you’ll be taken to a recovery room where you can relax and take time to wake up from the anesthesia.

How Will Recovery Usually Go and How Long Will It Take?

The recovery time after getting traditional dentures can range from 3 to 8 months, but after getting an All-On-4 denture, you should be functioning sooner. The reason is because the implants fuse to your bone and promote stability of the denture from the very first day.

To promote a faster recovery, here are some helpful points you should know with All-On-4 and some problems you may face along the way.

When you go home from surgery, make sure you don’t do anything that would disturb the tender areas. Do not rinse or touch the surgical areas, except for gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush. And, smoking afterwards is a very bad idea if you want the surgical spots to heal well.

Although you should be extra gentle, it’s also important to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Your dentist will likely prescribe a medicated rinse to keep the bacterial load down in your mouth and help promote healing.


In summary, the All-On-4 dental implant procedure can be a faster and more effective way to receive multiple dental implants. At Axiom our All-On-4 patients have been very happy with the results of their implants and assert that their quality of life is improved along with the look of their smile.

For more information on All-On-4 Implants, Axiom Dental invites you to contact our Las Vegas office today and speak with a trained dental professional about how All-On-4 dental implants can give you a whole new smile.

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