There are many practical and esthetic reasons to replace a tooth or teeth. Sometimes people lose one or more permanent teeth, and it can be uncomfortable and upsetting.Missing teeth can be replaced with:
- Partial dentures
- Complete Dentures
Dental Implants have been used successfully for several decades, and dentists now rely on them to solve problems that were formerly unsolvable. Dental implants are teeth that can look, feel, and function just like your own. In simplest terms, an implant involves threading a titanium screw into the bone and attaching a prosthetic tooth to it.
Implants are made of a titanium alloy. The first step involves placing a sterile implant into the bone which will fuse to the implant in a process known as “osseointegration.” Once this process is successfully completed the prosthetic tooth can be placed overtop.
Dental implants are so natural in the way they look and feel, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Dental implants can be placed without compromising any other teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure, and you have difficulty chewing or eating? Implants can help.
Implants are helpful if you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with more comfort and confidence. Under proper conditions, and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
Crowns are commonly called caps. We may recommend a cap when part of the tooth is missing or damaged. A crown is considered a long-term, if not permanent, a restoration that is “cemented” into place.
Bridges are sometimes called partial dentures and are another way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In short, we place a false tooth or teeth where there’re a gap and place crowns on the teeth on either side. This apparatus is placed permanently or “cemented” in.
All prosthodontics and implants are customized in a laboratory, sized and fitted to you. They may be of all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold alloy.