Teeth are designed to work together. As a group, they help you chew, smile and speak. When one or more of your teeth are missing, the effects can be emotionally and physically devastating. Your local Gilmer dentist, Dr. Joshua Furniss understands how detrimental this can be.
Why Choose Restorative Dentistry?
Missing teeth affect more than just your smile and self-confidence. Failure to replace your missing teeth can lead to issues with your bite, tooth decay, and a weakening of the jawbone. It also leads to more wear and tear on your remaining teeth, which can lead to their premature loss as well.
Restorative dentistry focuses on preserving your natural teeth as much as possible. In the case of missing teeth or extreme tooth decay, this often includes tooth replacement options.
How to Fix My Missing Teeth
Your Gilmer dentist offers several different options for missing teeth.
Full or Partial Dentures:Dentures come in three different options. Partial dentures are often recommended when you are only missing a few teeth. Full dentures are used when all of your natural teeth are missing. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the removal of your remaining natural teeth. While this means you do not have to wait for replacements, they do require follow ups due to the changes in your jawbone while healing. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, require a 3 to 6 month healing process before they are fitted. All forms of dentures are removable and must be thoroughly removed and cleaned each night.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges make use of your existing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are reshaped to allow for a crown to be placed on each. Using your reshaped teeth for support, the crowns support a false tooth replacing the space from the missing tooth. While a temporary bridge may be used, a permanent bridge is not removable and requires diligent cleaning to prevent the gums from becoming inflamed or infected.
Dental Implants:Dental implants are often the best way to replace a tooth. While the initial cost may appear larger than those of dentures or bridges, dental implants should last a lifetime, meaning there is a one-time investment. If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, this option is highly recommended. Dental implants start with a titanium post being placed by your Gilmer dentist, Dr. Furniss. After a few months of healing, these posts fuse to your jawbone. Once healed, replacement teeth are secured to the post. Dental implants give you a solution that closely mimics a natural tooth in appearances, care and functionality.
If you would like to learn more about restorative dentistry services at Furniss Family Dentistry, contact us today!