Tooth replacement has been a highly requested dental service at Center for Dental Anesthesia. When my patients inquire about tooth restoration, I generally tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and tooth implants.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on adjacent sides of the missing tooth.
Tooth Implants Replace the Root and Crown
Dental implants are also popular and can often be a more effective choice. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields amazing results.
Preserving Facial Contour
Both of these remedies preserve or restore facial contour and permit you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite dilemmas, as well.
Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many individuals have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration procedures.