If you are missing a tooth, not all is lost. There is a solution that can give you back your smile without breaking the bank. Partial dentures are a highly effective treatment that can restore functionality and appearance to your smile. If you are in Longview, Texas, Dr. Clint Bruyere of Clint Bruyere, DDS, offers partial denture restorations.
Partial dentures are a type of prosthetic teeth replacement made up of a metal framework with clasps that hook onto remaining adjacent teeth. The prosthetic tooth is attached to acrylic that resembles gum tissue to allow it to blend in naturally with the smile.
There is also the option of a flexible partial denture that does not use any metal framework. The entire appliance is made of plastic and is entirely pink and clear in color. Flexible dentures are lighter than traditional partial dentures and can be longer lasting.
There are dental implants for individuals interested in a more permanent solution for a missing tooth. Dental implants will have the closest feel, functionality, and appearance to natural teeth. The implant screw is placed into the jawbone, where it serves as a replacement for the missing root. Over time, the jawbone fuses to the implant, creating a stable foundation for an artificial tooth. Dental implants are considered a type of oral surgery; in some cases, patients may need a bone graft to support the implant. While dental implants cost more than partial dentures, they make up for it over time due to their longevity. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Treating missing teeth as soon as possible is essential regardless of your choice. Each tooth in the mouth works together with the other teeth to maintain proper functionality. Even a single missing tooth can lead to changes in your bite and the shifting of remaining teeth, which can create further problems.
If you are in Longview, Texas, and have lost a tooth, we would love to meet with you to discuss your options. Give Clint Bruyere, DDS, a call today at (903) 708-6116 .