Our practice philosophy and caring commitment to each patient is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. However, if you have lost teeth, you should consider replacement of those teeth in order to prevent future complications.
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We now have several options available to replace missing teeth. They include:
What are “mini” implants? Like conventional implants, mini implants are made of metal alloys that are well tolerated by the body. They are more slender than regular implants and are usually used to stabilize a removable denture where the base of the denture rests gently on the gums. They are also used for temporary tooth replacement. The cost is significantly less than regular implants and may be more suitable for patients without enough jaw bone to support regular implants. Mini implants may be used to support a crown of fixed bridge in some cases.
A conventional implant is a strong, cylindrical post firmly anchored to the jaw-bone that supports artificial teeth to provide the look, feel, stability and function of natural teeth. The implant extends through the gum tissue where a second piece, called an abutment, is connected to the implant to support the replacement teeth.
The advantages of implants are that they are similar to a natural tooth, do not have to involve the adjacent teeth in placement, and they may decrease or help prevent the shrinkage of the jawbone that occurs with tooth loss.
Fixed Bridgework (sometimes called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. It is cemented or bonded into place-only a dentist can remove it.
Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a fixed bridge. It helps maintain the natural shape of your face and may help support your lips and cheeks.
Removable partial bridges have the replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic base that attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps. Although partials are generally less expensive, fixed bridgework, feels more stable and more comfortable.