On Wednesday, we looked at how we repair damaged teeth. Today, we’re going to focus on solutions for replacing lost teeth. When a patient suffers from missing teeth, serious complications can develop that impact overall health and quality of life. However, we’re proud to offer a number of options for replacing missing teeth and restoring the health, function, and appearance of the smile.
The most advanced option available, dental implants are actually inserted into the jawbone via oral surgery, where they bond with the jawbone tissue like natural tooth roots. We can then top the implant with a restoration, which is a custom-made dental crown. We can use this option to address minor or more advanced tooth loss.
A bridge allows us to replace between one and three teeth in a row. The prosthetic contains the replacement teeth, but also has crowns attached to either end. We prepare the natural teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. These crowns are placed on the prepared teeth, anchoring them in place.
Dentures: Full and Partial
For dentures, we have two options: full and partial. A partial replace multiple teeth, even if they are spread out across the arch. The prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth.
A full replaces all of the teeth on one or both arches. You can receive a removable denture, held in place with suction, or an implant -retained alternative. The implant-retained version can last longer and offer increased stability. If you have any questions about our tooth replacement options, then please contact our office today. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.