The Smile Care team has worked with countless patients who are looking to replace missing teeth. Whether it is a single tooth in the back of their mouth or a full arch, we have experience helping patients smile again. Here are a few cosmetic options to replace your missing teeth.
The most common and popular choice for replacing a missing tooth is getting a dental implant. A dental implant is so similar to your natural tooth – it has a stable root and a crown – that most people forget they even have an implant until they’re asked. A dental implant is also one of the most permanent solutions since they last longer than crowns and need less management than dentures.
Placing a dental implant can take time, since we need to first extract the tooth, or prepare the site for the implant. Once we place the crown, it is relatively straightforward. Healing time doesn’t take very long, and before you know it, you’ll have a reliable replacement tooth! You can also get more than one dental implant. In fact, some people replace entire arches with dental implants. Schedule an appointment to learn more.
There are partial dentures and full dentures. A full set of dentures will replace an entire arch, and partial dentures can fill in the gap created by several missing teeth. Our dentures are designed to fit your individual mouth, so they feel more comfortable and more like your natural teeth. While dentures may take some getting used to, eventually most people learn to live with dentures like they get used to wearing glasses. It becomes second nature over time.
Another way to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge. We place a crown on either side of the gap where the missing tooth is. We then attach an artificial tooth to the crowns to literally bridge the gap between your teeth.
Do You Need an Extraction?
If you have a tooth that is irreversibly damaged by decay or injury and you need to have it pulled, we also offer extractions. At your appointment, we’ll discuss options for replacing the pulled tooth so you can have a complete and healthy smile again. Schedule a consultation with our team today to learn more about our restorative and cosmetic dentistry options!