Restoring Missing Teeth
Socket preservation prevents the loss of jaw bone and the resulting collapse and shrinkage of the surrounding tissues in the area where a tooth is extracted. To prevent this, material is packed into the tooth socket after extraction, covered, and sutured to keep it in place. Over time, your body will naturally repair the socket without the loss of the precious dental bone. Without this procedure, a bony defect or jaw deformity can cause problems when trying to restore the missing teeth with implants, bridges, dentures or partial dentures. Socket preservation will prevent these deformities, improve your appearance, increase the chances of future success with dental restorations, and help prevent future grafting to correct these jaw bone deformities in the future.
Designed to blend in with your existing teeth, a dental implant is a permanent solution to missing teeth. Our dentists work with a specialist to surgically place the titanium post(s) into your jaw bone for the foundation of the implanted tooth or teeth. The restoration is then completed in-house with a custom crown. This is the most lifelike option available today.
A bridge is multiple crowns fused together to fill a space where the is a missing tooth. In most cases, the teeth next to the space (known as abutments), are prepped for crowns to allow the bridge to slide onto these abutments. A bridge is permanently fixed to the teeth and is not removable.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are removable false teeth designed to fit over the gums on the dental arch to fill in for missing teeth. A complete denture replaces all teeth in a dental arch. A partial is simply a partial denture, replacing just a few teeth in a dental arch. A partial denture fits over the gums of the dental arch in the same way with the added benefit of clasps that grab on to remaining teeth for increased retention and stability.
Our dentists work closely with a dental laboratory to fabricate dentures and partials that are a great fit and match to remaining teeth, ensuring our patients end up with a confident smile.