Missing teeth are always a problem. They make it harder to speak clearly, hurt your ability to chew, disrupt the balance of your bite, and – of course – leave unsightly empty spaces that make it hard for you to smile. No matter where the gap is located or how big it is, you should have it filled as quickly as possible, and Dr. Nguyen has several beautiful replacement options that will help you do just that! Call us today if you or someone in your family is facing life with an incomplete smile.
A bridge can be used to replace one to three teeth in a row. Two crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap; they hold an appropriate number of false teeth called “pontics” between them. This way, your new teeth will be held firmly in place and help prevent dental drift. Like individual crowns, bridges are made from a ceramic material that mimics the appearance of regular teeth (including its color and the way it reflects light).
It can be easy to take your teeth for granted, but unfortunately, there are situations where you might lose an entire row. If you still want to be able to eat and speak normally after such a loss, you’ll need a full denture. Composed of a gum-colored base and lifelike prosthetic teeth, today’s dentures look more natural and feel more comfortable than ever.
If only a few teeth are missing in different spots in your mouth, you might benefit from a partial denture instead. Each partial denture is uniquely designed to fit between existing gaps, and they’re held in place by metal clasps instead of resting on the gums.
In many cases, the best option for tooth replacement is a prosthetic retained by dental implants. These titanium posts act like tooth roots, stabilizing and strengthening the new teeth they support; they also stimulate the jawbone, which is essential in preventing bone loss. Consult with us today to learn if implants are right for you!
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