When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth can make it difficult to efficiently chew your food. And, as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, they experience more wear than they were designed to withstand. A porcelain bridge (custom designed by our team) keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth (or to implants) on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent―meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist―and are a long-term, restorative solution to your damaged smile.
Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or with an implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with a missing tooth and will restore your smile back to its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments, or you may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Drs. Walker and Kraus will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, your areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us today for a complimentary smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.