Patients who suffer from missing teeth are often also victims of lowered self confidence, poor diet and an inhibited social life. Fortunately, there are many options available today to restore a smile with missing teeth. At Dr. Meares’ office, we offer a wide variety of tooth replacement procedures.
Dental implantation is the most advanced method of tooth replacement. It is the ideal procedure for patients with missing teeth who are physically able to undergo the surgeries required. A dental implant works by precise surgical placement of a medical grade titanium root into the jawbone that holds a natural looking crown. This procedure is permanent and allows the problem tooth to be addressed without unnecessarily involving adjacent teeth.
Patients who are missing teeth can enjoy a reliable and sturdy tooth replacement option with our bridge procedure. A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that works by attaching an artificial tooth to surrounding teeth or a dental implant. This prosthetic is a literal bridge because it fills the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge can be a great option to replace one to two teeth, but requires the adjacent teeth to be in sound condition.
Full Arch Fixed Replacement
When patients are missing or have failing teeth in the majority of the upper or lower arch, a full arch fixed replacement is the ideal solution. This procedure works by inserting strategically placed dental implants. These implants are used to attach a full arch bridge securely in the mouth. Instead of replacing one missing tooth, a full arch replaces an entire row of teeth. Because it is a permanent procedure using dental implants, this option takes several visits but is extremely durable and can provide the closest possible alternative to your natural teeth. Oftentimes, we are able to provide patients with fixed provisional crowns the same day as surgery. Ask Dr. Meares if your case meets the necessary requirements.
Full Arch Removable Replacement
A full arch removable replacement also works to replace an entire row of teeth. However, unlike a full arch fixed replacement, this procedure can be removed. This option is not as stable as a fixed replacement but has the benefit of improved hygiene access. In addition, these removable appliances can also provide a “mini facelift” by providing facial support to counteract age and bone loss. While still utilizing dental implants to prevent bone loss and stabilize the teeth, a removable option is often a solution that offers security and stability.
Complete Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials are the most traditional methods of replacing missing teeth. This prosthetic rests on top of the gum line and contains customized artificial teeth. They are held in place by the mouth muscles and/or adhesive creams. In ideal cases, the denture is supported or assisted by dental implants in order to stabilize the denture and prevent further bone loss.