Do you ever wonder what you would do if you took a dive and lost a tooth or two? Or maybe you just never had those baby teeth fill in with permanent teeth. Having missing teeth can be the result of many different happenings. Sometimes it’s by accident, sometimes it’s hereditary, but there is always an option fitting for you if you need a replacement!
Kellerman Dental offers three main options for patients interested in dental replacements. Each of them caters to what you are looking for in particular. If you’re unsure which is best for you, ask! Dr. Kellerman is more than happy to determine which option is the most beneficial to you.
Dental implants are a highly successful replacement of the tooth’s roots that are permanently affixed to match your teeth’s natural color. They are designed to fuse with bone so they feel like your actual teeth! The advantage to dental implants is that they are secure and do not need to be removed for any reason. They create an overall improved appearance, level of comfort, easier eating and speaking and last many, many years. Dental implants are an effective way to replace one or multiple teeth!
Dental bridges are just that – bridges! They bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth with the use of crowns. Two crowns are fixed to the surrounding teeth – called abutment teeth – after they’ve been re-contoured (if needed) and the false tooth, or teeth, goes right in the middle. Simple as that. There are three main types of bridges that are considered, and Dr. Kellerman helps determine which is best for you. Dental bridges can help preserve the shape of your face, ensure your bite is maintained and prevent any other teeth from drifting out of position.
Partial dentures were created for the patient that is not looking for a permanent implant. Rather, replacement teeth are attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases which are connected by a metal framework. The partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or nearly invisible “precision clasps”. Usually bridges complement the overall framework of the ideal fit of partial dentures. Dr. Kellerman will talk with you about whether this removable option is the best case for your situation. If partial dentures are the final decision, we will work with you to ensure you’re given the best instructions to maximize your comfort.
Having multiple options for dental replacements helps our patients realize they can be part of this decision! Not every replacement option works for every patient, so working together to decide which is best for your lifestyle will make all of the difference in the long run. So if you’ve been considering fill that gap, don’t hesitate to ask our opinion.
You can also check out our website for more information on replacing missing teeth. http://kellermandental.com/Treatment/GeneralTreatment.aspx We’re ready and willing to provide you with options!