What happens when we lose a tooth? Missing teeth can lead to an increased risk of misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism. Without treatment, losing even a single tooth can lead to further tooth loss. However, there are options available to restore your smile to full function and health. At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we help you enjoy a whole and beautiful smile once again.
How Does a Bridge Work?
There are actually several types of dental bridges, but the most common consists of an artificial tooth with a crown attached to each side. After repairing the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, we place the crowns, anchoring the new tooth in place. We use porcelain to create the new teeth and crowns, ensuring they blend with the smile and provide a lifelike appearance. This material can also withstand bite forces and is stain-resistant. We recommend this for one or more missing teeth in a row.
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants
A dental implant doesn’t require crowns to be held in place. In fact, a biocompatible titanium post will be directly inserted into the jaw, acting as a new tooth root. Through the process of osseointegration the post will bond with the jawbone just as a natural tooth root does. We will use an abutment to hold a restoration in place, which will act as the new crown on the implant. We replace a single missing tooth or actually support a full prosthetic.
Which Option Will Work Best for Me?
We will exmaine your smile and assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. From there we can decide which option will best improve your smile. If you have any questions or concerns about our dental prosthetics, then contact our office today.
Would you like to find out more about replacing missing teeth? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about proper brushing and flossing. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, contact our Fort Worth dental office today to schedule your consultation.