Solving the Missing Tooth Problem
Date:Sep 18, 2014 @ 12:00 AM
Related Service(s):Implant Placement and Restoration
Posted By: Dr. Brian Matthews
It’s always difficult to lose a tooth, whether it’s part of a dental treatment plan or a result of decay or disease. The outcome’s still the same, and now you have an important decision to make. What are you going to do about that obvious empty space?
There’s a lot to consider, and choosing the solution that works best for you can seem pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, because we’re here to help! Today we can offer you several options for giving you back your beautiful smile!
So let’s take some time to talk about your options for tooth replacement so that you have all the necessary information to make that big decision.
Full or Partial Dentures
An economical and easy way to deal with missing teeth is removable partial dentures. Small clasps clip onto adjacent teeth to hold them securely in place. At our Wilmington dental office, we offer either full or partial dentures to fit your needs.
The process: We start with a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs and decide if dentures are right for you. Next, we take several impressions so that we can fashion dentures that are completely customized to fit your mouth and enhance your appearance. When your new dentures are finished, you will return for a fitting and proper care instructions.
A fixed bridge is another option for filling the space left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge uses the support of adjacent teeth to hold it securely in place. A fixed bridge can be customized to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, and no one will ever notice that the tooth is not your own.
The process: After your initial consultation you will come in for an appointment, and we shape the teeth adjacent to the empty space to prepare them for placement of a dental crown. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab where the final restoration is created
We make a temporary bridge for you to wear while your permanent bridge is created. Finally, you will return to our office so we can adjust the bridge as necessary and cement it securely in place.
Dental implants act as a replacement for your missing tooth. Once the process is complete, a dental implant resembles the look and feel of your real teeth. The implant is placed in the space left by the missing tooth. Whether you are missing one tooth or several, you may be a good candidate for a dental implant.
The process: There’s a lot to consider when choosing a dental implant, so we will start with an examination to evaluate your overall oral health and determine if you are a good candidate. Next, we place in your jaw a small titanium post that acts as the replacement root for your new tooth. After the gum has healed completely, we will attach a dental restoration (usually a crown) to the implant.
Need More Information? Give us a Call!
Now that you have some in-depth information about your choices, you can start to think about which best fits your lifestyle and budget. If you would like more information about any of these options, please call our Wilmington dental office to arrange a convenient consultation.