Losing a tooth, suddenly due to injury or gradually because of tooth decay, doesn’t have to result in permanent gaps in your smile. Restoring or replacing lost teeth is important not only for aesthetic reasons, but to protect the health of your remaining teeth.
At North Oaks Dental, we offer several solutions for patients who have lost one or more teeth. Depending on your situation, certain restorations or replacements may work better for you. Learn more about your options below, then call our Royal Oak, MI office at 248-220-7021 to a consultation.
A fixed bridge is commonly used to replace a single missing tooth. In some cases, a bridge can be used to replace several missing teeth.
It is a restoration used to bridge the gap between two remaining teeth on either side of a missing tooth, hence its name. However, whether or not a bridge will work depends on the health of your remaining teeth.
A fixed bridge works by using a false tooth to fill in the space left by your missing tooth. The replacement tooth is supported by abutments that are attached to the teeth on either side of the space. The type of bridge used depends on the health and strength of the neighboring teeth as well as where space is located in your mouth.
Dental implants are a restoration solution that has become more popular in recent years due to their security and durability. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone where they bond with the bond to act like the roots of your tooth. Then, a dental crown, bridge, partial, or denture can be anchored to the dental implants to restore your smile in a way that looks and feels natural.
Dental implants can be used to support replacements for one or several missing teeth, as long as you have enough healthy bone to hold them.
Another common restoration is a denture. At North Oaks Dental, we offer full or partial dentures to better suit our patients’ needs.
A partial denture, commonly referred to as a partial, is made up of multiple teeth on a gum-colored base. A partial is customized to fit with your existing teeth, filling in spaces as needed with replacement teeth to restore your smile. Typically, a partial is held in place with clips or brackets and is removable so it requires daily cleaning.
Full dentures are used when most or all of your teeth have been lost. A full denture is a complete row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base that can be used to replace the top or bottom row of teeth. Full dentures can be closed or open palate and require adhesives or dental implants to hold them in place.
Call North Oaks Dental Today to Learn More
To learn more about how we can restore your oral health and give you a full set of teeth to show off with pride, call North Oaks Dental today to your visit. We look forward to giving you the smile of your dreams.