Not many years ago, losing a tooth left you with few options for replacement. While permanent teeth should provide a lifetime of function, it doesn't always end up that way. They may be lost from an accident, decay, or gum disease. Since teeth start as a full set, even one missing tooth may affect the entire makeup of your mouth's delicate balance. As teeth slowly lean and migrate into extra spaces, wear and cracking from excessive forces can create escalating problems.
When it's time to replace missing teeth, whether it's one tooth or a full set, several options are available to you. Dental implants often give you the best opportunity to enjoy normal chewing and a full smile, although there are other options that deserve consideration.
We know it's not always easy for you to sort through the complicated possibilities, but Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper's knowledge in restorative dentistry allows them to develop solutions for every scenario which they will discuss and present to you.
Replacing missing teeth with implants brings your mouth back to full function and optimizes aesthetics. Stunning porcelain crowns replicate natural teeth perfectly, whether it's one or more missing teeth. Single crowns or complex bridges can be supported by implants, with solutions for every scenario.
Full or Partial Dentures
Sometimes a removable appliance is the best way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper can help you decide whether a partial denture or a complete denture would restore your mouth to its optimal function and appearance. Sometimes a combination of dental implants and dentures are used for unprecedented stability and confidence.
Dental bridges have traditionally been a top choice to replace missing teeth. With the widespread use of dental implants, more options are now available to bridge gaps in your smile and replace any missing teeth. Resilient, natural-looking porcelain caps or crowns, engineered into a bridge, can eliminate spaces of every size and restore your smile.