The moment a tooth is lost, several changes begin to occur inside your mouth. While you may find it more difficult to smile if there’s a gap in your mouth, you’ll also find it more difficult to chew and process the foods you eat on a daily basis. Furthermore, the longer you go with missing teeth, the more likely you are to lose additional teeth. Dr. Her has the materials and expertise necessary to replace teeth in a multitude of ways. To learn more about his natural-looking and long-lasting solutions, feel free to give our office a call today!
One of the most common solutions for replacing teeth is through a custom-made dental bridge, which is essentially a series of dental crowns fused together to create one larger restoration. Bridges are fixed, which means they are not meant to be removed for regular cleaning. To place a bridge, we hollow out the crowns on either end of the bridge and place them on top of teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile, much like a traditional dental crown. The remaining crowns, or pontics, bridge the gap and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place.
Whether you have several missing teeth on opposing sides of your mouth or you’re missing all the teeth in either arch, dentures offer a comprehensive and affordable solution. While both dentures have different methods for fitting inside the mouth, they both utilize ceramic and acrylic materials in order to take on the most natural appearance possible. As you get used to wearing your denture, our office will go over all aftercare steps you need to know to keep it in good condition.
Unlike other tooth replacement methods, dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth. This includes the root portion that extends below the gum line and adheres directly into the jawbone. By performing this additional restorative step, you can expect a longer-lasting tooth replacement, increased biting strength, and the best esthetics that restorative dentistry has to offer. Additionally, dental implants can be used to replace single, multiple, and even all the teeth in your smile.