Implants, Bridges, and Dentures

You want to keep your natural teeth. We want you to keep your natural teeth. But what happens when that’s just not possible, due to accident, injury, or gum disease? You still need to be able to eat. We offer you several options for when you need to have some artificial teeth for looks or eating. Replacing your lost tooth will help to correct a misaligned bite, improve your ability to chew, and prevent repositioning of your remaining teeth.

 

Dentures

Dentures: those teeth in a glass beside your bed, the ones grandpa used to prank you with by removing his teeth in front of you, and the reason grandma won’t eat popcorn anymore. Dentures might bring up images of elderly people with puckered lips, but the technology has improved a long way! Dentures are a common solution for people who have lost a larger number of teeth. They come in partial and full versions.

Partial dentures (or simply “a partial”) has a gum-coloured base with multiple teeth, not necessarily in a row, along the base. These fit in the spaces between your existing natural or implanted teeth. They are secured with clips or brackets and can be removed.

Full dentures, on the other hand, have a complete row of teeth attached to a gum-coloured base, and can be made for either the top or bottom of your mouth. The palate, or roof of your mouth, may be covered with denture or it may be open, depending on style. Sometimes you will need dental adhesive to hold them in.

 

Bridges

When you lose a small number of teeth, a bridge can be a good restorative dental option for you. Bridges are prosthetic teeth, and like the bridges you drive and walk on, they span a gap in your mouth anchored on healthy teeth on either end. These healthy teeth on either side of the gap are covered in a crown, with the “pontic” (false tooth or teeth) in the middle. We’ll take a look at your mouth and recommend a style of bridge based on how strong and healthy your anchoring teeth are, and where in your mouth the gap is.

 

Implants

Dental implants are a great restorative option for replacing your missing teeth. They consist of small titanium posts that are anchored in your jaw. They can be used alone, to replace a single missing tooth, or they can be used as anchors for partial or full dentures or bridges. Installing an implant is a brief surgery, and we have experience placing and restoring dental implants for patients missing one or more teeth.

 

Why might you choose implants?

When you have teeth in your jawbone, the roots stimulate it and help it maintain its structure. When you lose one or more teeth, that stimulation disappears and the jaw gradually deteriorates, which can affect your other teeth causing them to shift, loosen, or even fall out. Dental implants not only allow you to eat, speak, and smile with comfort and confidence, they are a lasting solution to this uncomfortable and unsightly side effect of tooth loss.

 

Are implants right for me?

We offer complimentary consultations for all patients considering restorative dentistry. She assesses your dental health and makes sure that the bone density in your jaw will support implants, and that your gums are healthy enough. You may need bone or soft tissue grafting before your mouth is ready to receive a successful dental implant. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a customized treatment plan. Ultimately your implant, once it has fully fused with the jawbone, will look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth that it replaced!