Feel Good. Look Good. Because Dentistry Isn't Just A Science, It’s An Art.
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Steven Fife DDS, PC
2240 Grande Blvd SE Suite 101
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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"Thank you for all your consideration and time to help our son. Even when the hospital messed up his prescription, you came through for us and faxed a copy! We sure appreciate all of your efforts!"

- The B. Family
"I appreciate you taking me back as a patient. You do top notch work and everyone is extremely helpful. Making the drive across town is difficult but worth it. Thanks again!"

- Kim A.
"Thank you so very much for giving back my self confidence and my true smile. You are such a great dentist and a wonderful person. From the bottom of my heart, your service is highly appreciated!"

- Jocelyn
"I just wanted to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule. You were such a sweet heart about the
whole thing."

- Gina
"This is just a small token of appreciation for all you have done for us and our little family. We can't thank you enough for the care and compassion you have shown all of us! You have always gone above and beyond for us and we are truly grateful. Thanks for everything!"

- Kenton and Marina
"Thank you for giving me a gorgeous smile. It has really boosted my confidence and helped me to feel better about my smile! You're amazing and your staff is so wonderful. The results are just fabulous.
Thank you and Bless you!"

- Katrina L.

"Coming in not only as a new patient, but a new patient in quite a bit of pain needing an extraction. I was beside myself with anxiety and pain. Dr. Fife and his whole staff were so nice and calming and got me in right away to have my procedure without anxiety. I plan on continuing to have my dental issues addressed with Dr. Fife’s office and have a happier, healthier and stress free mouth!"

Susan

Why Replace a Missing Tooth?

Tooth loss can occur as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. A tooth may break or fall out on its own, or it may need to be extracted by a dentist. Once a tooth has been lost however, replacing it is an important step to preventing further dental problems. At Fife Dental Care, we provide a variety of solutions for missing teeth, including dentures, bridges and dental implants.

One Lost Tooth Will Lead to More

Adults on average have 32 teeth. Four of these, the rearmost molars, are called “wisdom teeth” and are sometimes extracted due to a poor fit within the mouth or other reasons. If your wisdom teeth are removed, a replacement is generally unnecessary. The remaining 28 teeth, however, play a vital role in your overall oral health – and losing any one of them can lead to further tooth loss.

There are two primary reasons for this. The first is that tooth loss puts additional strain on your other teeth. This is especially true for rear teeth that are responsible for chewing; loss of one means that the others will have more stress put upon them at mealtimes. This will lead to the remaining tooth sustaining more wear.

The other reason to replace a missing tooth is to protect the structural integrity of the mouth. Although teeth are anchored by their roots, they are not permanently affixed in place. If a tooth, particularly in the front, is lost, surrounding teeth can begin to shift in position.

Tooth Replacement Options

Depending on your individual needs and situation, a variety of tooth replacement options are available. A single missing tooth might be best replaced by a dental implant. Dental bridges and partial or complete dentures are also options, especially if multiple teeth need to be replaced.

Tooth replacement serves both a cosmetic and a practical purpose, and your dentist can help you to choose the best option for your needs. Contact Fife Dental Care today to learn more about your options!

Call 505.994.1700 to schedule a consultation today.