If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, whether it is from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, we have several options to replace your missing teeth-and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit not only your appearance but also your health. You'll be able to eat and speak--two things most people often take for granted until their natural teeth are prematurely lost.
A bridge will anchor to your healthy teeth with crowns and utilize prosthetic teeth to literally “bridge the gap” left by any missing teeth. Our doctors combine both skill and artistry to construct a bridge that matches your existing teeth. If your smile is in need of repair, our team can discuss your options with you, so that you are empowered to make an educated decision about which treatment is best for your needs.
Missing Tooth Options
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Implants
Replacing missing teeth is important if you want to maintain a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. It is often difficult to clean crooked teeth, this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
A removable partial denture helps you to properly chew your food, something that often is difficult when teeth are missing. It can also help improve your speech and prevent your face from sagging by giving support to your lips and cheeks.
Single Tooth Repair
Removable Complete Dentures
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Removable Partial Denture
Replacing a single tooth can be achieved with a conventional bridge or an implant retained crown. The conventional fixed partial denture requires that our dentists e two or more adjacent teeth to create space for the crowns of the prosthetic teeth. Placing a bridge on natural teeth increases the functional forces that are placed upon them.
An implant single tooth restoration avoids the need to restore the adjacent teeth and replaces the support that is lost with the missing tooth. An implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth. When the implant is stable and ready for restoration, an abutment can be attached to the implant that will connect the final crown to the implant. An implant is not susceptible to cavities and can last up to 30 years or longer.
If you are missing multiple teeth and are not thrilled about a removable solution, implants can be used to replace those teeth. These types of restorations stay in your mouth, not in a denture cup at night. You will never have to worry about being caught without your smile.
A full denture, also called a complete denture, replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without support from the denture, facial muscles can sag, making a person appear older.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patients mouth after the remaining teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. During this healing time, the soft tissues and bone change shape and the denture becomes loose, By using temporary liners, we can make the denture more comfortable until the healing is complete. After a healing period of 6 months, the dentures are relined with a permanent material for the final fit. If you are interested in a denture that locks in, go to our implant section for more information.