Patients often desire a permanent solution to missing teeth. There are many technologies that Dr. Masek may utilize, dependent on a patient's priorities, values, and expectations. These technologies may include implant placement, bridges, partials or dentures. Speak to Dr. Masek about tooth replacement.
Dental Implants are used to replace a tooth that has already been lost. They can replace one tooth or a full arch fixed bridge, or help to hold dentures in place. The technology has come far in the past two decades and now is so predictable as to make placing implants and restoring them the treatment of choice in many situations. Here at Dental Expressions in we regularly replace missing teeth with dental implants.
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth in a non-removable manner, they look great and spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A bridge can be made from all porcelain, gold with porcelain, all gold, or these materials can be combined. It is cemented or bonded to adjacent teeth for support. Bridges can help fill out the shape of your face, and reduce unhealthy biting stress by replacing your missing teeth.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or to crowns with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether, from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You'll be able to eat and speak - things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost. Implants can be used to secure loose dentures for added comfort.