Tooth Replacement Options

Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, there are several tooth replacement options. We are confident we can provide the right solution for you!

Dentures

Bridges

It generally takes two appointments to restore an area with a bridge. In the first, any decay is removed from the neighboring teeth and they are shaped to accept the bridge. Then an impression is made of the area for use in fabricating a bridge. Between the two visits, the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy or all-ceramic material. During this time a provisional bridge is worn. In the second visit, this provisional is removed. Then the permanent bridge is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.

Partial Dentures

Partials are used in conjunction with natural teeth to replace missing teeth. Partials are a removable appliance made of gum-colored plastic and denture teeth that attach to the remaining natural teeth with metal clasps. It is necessary to have one or more remaining healthy natural teeth when utilizing partial dentures. One option when considering partials is to utilize precision attachments instead of metal clasps. It is necessary to place crowns over some of the natural teeth, but with precision attachments, no visible clasps or wires are seen and greater cosmetics can be achieved. Another option to replace missing teeth is dental implants. Many times a minimal number of implants in combination with fixed implant crowns and bridges can be utilized to create a more natural-looking and feeling appearance. Still, removable partials can be an option to replace missing teeth.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures completely replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned to take the place of natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Overdentures

An overdenture is an appliance that is fabricated to supply upper or lower missing teeth. It is usually constructed over a minimal number of implants (usually 2 to 4), which help hold the denture firmly in place. This is a very effective and predictable treatment to satisfy both function (chewing) and cosmetics for our patients. When an overdenture is made for the upper teeth, it can be held very securely without the large palate seen in a normally removable denture. If a patient is currently wearing dentures, they can continue to wear their existing teeth while the implants are healing and their new overdenture is being made. Overdentures are an excellent treatment to provide patients with stable teeth for eating and a great smile.

Implant Crowns

Implant crowns are fabricated over implants much the same way they are made over natural teeth, with a few exceptions. No anesthesia is necessary, and the impressions are taken utilizing precisely designed implant parts. The dental laboratory will then construct a single crown that will be cemented over the implant.

Modern laboratory technology, including 3D imaging software and electronic scanners, is utilized to fabricate crowns in various materials, including gold, titanium, porcelain, and zirconium.

When replacing a single tooth with an implant, it many times may be possible to provide a patient with a replacement tooth on the same day the implant is placed. In this way, patients have teeth the entire time an implant is healing.

With a single implant and crown, patients can replace missing teeth without damage or alteration to the adjacent teeth.

Implant crowns are an excellent treatment to provide patients with natural-looking teeth for both function and cosmetics.

Implant Bridges

Missing teeth need to be replaced for improved function, esthetics and to maintain the adjacent teeth’ position. Dental implants with crowns attached to them are an ideal way to replace multiple teeth that are missing.

Conventional crown and bridge cases utilize natural teeth that must be altered so that the replacement teeth can be connected to them. It should be stated that when natural teeth are missing, you do not need an implant placed for each tooth that is missing. Instead, a minimal number of implants are strategically placed where the teeth are missing, and these support the fixed crown and bridge. In this way, no existing natural teeth are altered.

Impressions are taken of the implants, and the laboratory, through 3D imaging software and electronic scanners, fabricates crowns that attach to the implants to replace the missing teeth. An entire set of upper or lower teeth can be replaced with as few as six implants to support all replacement teeth. This is a permanent restoration that does not come out.

Permanent crown and bridge over implants are an ideal way to replace missing teeth and give patients the look and feel of their own natural teeth.

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