When you lose a tooth, you lose much more than a little enamel and dentin. You can lose a bit of your confidence, chewing ability, clear speech, and even oral health. Don’t worry. We are here for you, with several excellent options. One of the most common, and best known, is the traditional dental bridge, which has distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared to the alternatives. After an examination, Dr. Bruyere will discuss your options, and help you choose the best one for your health, cosmetic goals, schedule, and budget.
A bridge is a single unit, typically composed of three parts. At each end is a dental crown, with a false tooth between them. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the gap, thus positioning the replacement tooth exactly where the natural tooth was. A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance, as the crowns are cemented to the teeth. Variations of this design may be used, depending on the circumstances.
The advantages of a dental bridge include:
A partial denture can be used to replace one or several teeth. Like a full denture, it can be removed for cleaning. However, partials do not typically need adhesive, because they are held in place with clasps or special attachments. Flexible partial dentures are metal-free, and designed to “snap” around existing teeth for stability.
The advantages of partial dentures include:
Implants can be topped with bridges or specially designed crowns to replace one or several teeth. The implants are placed in the jawbone, and they function as artificial tooth roots. An attachment (called an abutment) added to the top of the implant holds the visible restoration firmly in place. With the exception of some full dentures, most implant-supported restorations are non-removable.
The advantages of dental implants include:
Call (903) 708-6116 and schedule a consultation to learn more about your options. We are located in Longview, proudly serving area communities such as Hallsville.