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Missing Tooth Replacement Options:

Fixed Dental BridgesA dental bridge is a non-removable, fixed device that is an excellent substitute for missing teeth. There is more than one kind of bridge. A traditional bridge is most common and is most often designed from porcelain fused to metal. This bridge type involves two crowns over anchoring or abutment teeth that are attached to the artificial teeth or pontics, bridging over the gap left behind when one or several teeth are missing. Bridges are very durable and can last for years. They can, however, require replacement in some cases and can need to be reattached because of normal wear.

Fixed bridges can be used to:

  • Fill space left by missing teeth.
  • Help improve facial shape.
  • Reduce the likelihood of remaining teeth drifting.
  • Restore the ability to chew and speak normally.
  • Make the smile more pleasing.
  • Serve as an upgrade from a removable partial or other devices.
Partial Dentures:

A Partial denture is a removable appliance that can replace missing teeth.

Complete Dentures
 Complete dentures take the place of all the teeth in your mouth. Complete dentures can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after teeth and excess gum tissue has been removed and the gums have healed, often four to six weeks later. Immediate dentures are provided in advance of final extractions and placed in your mouth immediately after your natural teeth are removed. That means you don’t have to go without teeth, but later adjustments are required as you heal.
Dental Implants
When a partial or denture isn’t ideal, dental implants are a smart way to replace missing teeth. Implants also offer great support and provide stability for these appliances. Simply put, a dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system most often made of titanium that is installed into the jaw by a dentist professional. These natural-looking devices restore the smile and also restore normal function for talking and eating.
While re-tightening and replacement may be needed over time, dental implants are durable devices that usually last many years. Choose dental implants when the desire is to:
  • replace a missing tooth without damaging nearby teeth as a bridge does
  • fix bite or joint problems caused by shifting teeth
  • improve the smile
  • make chewing, speech and digestion easy again
  • restore the look of the face
  • support a denture or bridge.
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