|All I Want for Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth!
If you're missing one or more teeth it is important that you seek treatment from your dentist. A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic concern, as they can result in bone loss, gum diseases and more.
What are your treatment options?
Dental implants are great if you've lost a single tooth. A dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The post functions as the root portion of a lost natural tooth and serves as an anchor for a replacement tooth. An artificial tooth is then attached to the post. Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth - in fact, no one other than you and your dentist will be able to tell the difference.
Nothing looks more natural than an implant! Don't believe us? Take a look at our smile gallery. In many situations, dental implants allow patients to regain confidence in their smiles.
Improved aesthetics, the ability to eat comfortably, and a clean, healthy oral environment are some of the other noticeable benefits. Another great thing about implants is that in many cases, they last longer than 15 years! They will never decay, never require root canals and they preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature aging.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic. It can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can do many things, including reducing your risk of gum disease, help to correct minor bite issues, and can even improve your speech.
This procedure only requires two short visits. We will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth, then make an impression which will serve as the model. This model will be used in the dental lab to make the bridge, false tooth and crowns. A temporary bridge will be placed for you to wear until your next visit. On your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be fitted and adjusted to fit your bite and smile. View some examples of dental bridges in our smile gallery.
If you know someone singing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!" be sure to send them our way!