Missing teeth is a significant concern in dentistry as it affects both your oral functionality and the appearance of your smile. Thankfully, we have several options to replace missing natural teeth using prosthetic restorations. Here are some of the most popular ones that both patients and dentists highly prefer.
When you visit a dentist to get your missing teeth restored, the first option they would recommend is a dental implant, owing to the amazing benefits they provide. Implants are a combination of a metal implant stud and a ceramic crown, which replace the tooth root and the visible tooth crown, respectively. Both these materials are highly durable and last for many years without significant damage or wear. Implants enable you to bite and chew food as you always did and improve jawbone health by preventing its deterioration or shrinkage.
Bridges are simpler restorations that do not require surgery to be bonded in place of the missing tooth, such as in the case of dental implants. Bridges consist of a prosthetic tooth made from solid ceramic material combined with dental crowns on either side to hold it firmly in place. Bridges also restore oral functionality and aesthetics, as the material used to fabricate them is highly durable and customizable. The color, texture, size, and contour of the bridge can be personalized as required to mimic the aesthetics of the natural teeth.
Dentures are preferred by patients who wish to get multiple teeth replaced in one go. Patients who have lost too many teeth due to cavities, external oral trauma, aging, or other health conditions can benefit from dentures. Dentures can be fabricated to replace all the teeth in the mouth or just a few selected teeth that have been extracted with the help of partial dentures. Since dentures are removable prostheses, they can be taken off and put back on by the patient without any hassle. This makes the maintenance of dentures more convenient.
Implants can be combined with dental bridges and dentures to provide more stability and strength to prosthetic teeth. Initially, we will place implants in your jawbone through dental surgery and custom-fabricate the visible prosthetic teeth from dental-grade ceramic. Once the wounds of the surgery heal and the bone fuses with the implant, the ceramic bridges or dentures will be placed on them and secured firmly using adhesives. The inclusion of the implants offers superior stability and also improves jawbone health.
Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.