There are 3 types of tooth replacements that we offer at our office: bridges, implants or partials. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile.
Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration is most commonly made of porcelain or Zirconia and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable bridge fits your mouth.
Implant abutment is placed and then the crown is placed over top
Above: This young gentleman was missing a front tooth. He went through the implant procedures and is very happy with the outcome!
Above: The porcelain on this gentleman’s bridge broke off, leaving the metal core exposed. Replaced the bridge and the patient also whitened his teeth with the Zoom Chair side Whitening procedure.