Tooth loss not only affects how your smile looks, but also the way you eat, how you speak, and the alignment of your other teeth. We can replace missing teeth with either dental implants, a bridge, or a denture.
DENTAL IMPLANTS The most permanent, comfortable, durable, and natural looking replacement for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants have become extremely popular because they act as natural teeth, allowing you to continue to eat normally without the restrictions necessary to maintain a denture or dental bridge. Implants also preserve the existing alignment of your teeth and do not require us to reshape the surrounding teeth. Best of all, dental implants will normally last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
DENTAL BRIDGE A dental bridge is a permanently fixed appliance that literally bridges the gap between missing teeth, helping to maintain your smile, restore your bite, and help keep the natural shape of your face.
Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular type of bridge because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Placing a bridge usually takes two visits. During the first visit, we prepare the teeth on either side of the gap, and take an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create your new dental bridge. Importantly, we will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and fill the gap while you are waiting for the permanent bridge. During your second visit, we will fit, adjust, and cement the bridge in place, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
DENTURES Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a custom cast metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in gaps where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.