Tooth Replacement

There are several options for the treatment of missing teeth. Each solution has its own advantages and disadvantages. We will take the time to discuss which options are best for your individual needs.

Implants

Implants are artificial teeth that are "implanted" into the jaw and are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. The look is natural, however they are not right for everyone. In order to be a candidate for a dental implant, you must have the proper amount of bone in the implant site, and have an otherwise healthy mouth, teeth and gums.

Bridge

A bridge is one of the most common solutions for replacing a missing tooth. In order to be a candidate for a bridge, you must have proper bone support in the immediate vicinity of the empty space, and there must be teeth in front and back of the missing tooth.

Crown

A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance.

Partial Denture

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can be attached to the teeth with clasps or it can be attached to the teeth with crowns with hidden clasps. Both types have a metal framework and artificial teeth and gum areas.

Complete Denture

Dentures are appropriate for patients who have lost all their teeth. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. This may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

No Replacement

In some occasions no replacement is certainly an option. For example, extraction of third molars, is common, however, not replacing teeth is not an acceptable option for the majority of cases. Missing a tooth may result in shifting of the adjacent teeth, loss of support, periodontal disease, TMJ dysfunction, problem chewing and changes in speech pattern etc.