When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the neighboring and opposing teeth shift in position which can lead to periodontal disease, increased the potential for decay, and premature tooth loss. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges, dentures or a combination of these treatment options. All are constructed of materials that combine the ultimate in function and esthetics, for the optimum in long-lasting dental health and an attractive, natural looking smile.
Dental Bridges are another option for replacement for teeth lost due to accidents, decay or gum disease. A dental bridge does exactly what it says – it bridges the gap between existing and missing teeth. This not only prevents existing teeth from shifting around, but it also corrects an altered bite, improves chewing ability and speech articulation, and supports facial muscles to preserve your normal appearance. Most dental bridges consist of three basic units: the artificial tooth or teeth (the pontic) and two or more permanently attached crowns placed atop the neighboring (abutment teeth).
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether, from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace them – improving both your overall appearance and your quality of life. Without the support provided by dentures, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures also make it easier to eat and to speak, things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
Complete dentures are called “immediate” or “conventional” according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, your dentist takes measurements and makes the models of your jaws during a preliminary visit. An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, after the removal of teeth, bones, and gums can shrink during the first few months of healing. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture is made once the tissues have healed. This is most often done as a replacement to an existing denture.