Dental bridges aren’t the only way to fill gaps in Daly City smiles
It is extremely important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Missing teeth can cause TMJ problems, changes in facial contours, difficulty speaking clearly, and teeth drifting out of alignment. There are several options available to replace missing teeth; the best choice depends first on the number of teeth that are missing.
One Missing Tooth
There are two options available to replace a single missing tooth, a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
Dental Bridge – A bridge is two dental crowns with a pontic (artificial tooth) fused between them. The crowns are cemented to the prepared teeth adjacent to the gap, with the pontic filling the gap to replace the missing tooth.
Dental Implant – A titanium post can be placed in the jawbone in the empty space and a crown placed on the implant. It looks and functions just as a natural tooth would, and doesn’t require alteration of the neighboring teeth.
Several Missing Teeth
There are three options available when multiple teeth are missing.
Dental Bridges – A longer dental bridge or several bridges can be used to replace numerous missing teeth.
Dental Implants – Multiple implant posts can be placed where teeth are missing and topped with dental crowns to restore lost teeth.
Partial Denture – Partial dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a metal and acrylic base. They are supported by hooks that fit around the existing teeth to anchor and stabilize them.
All Teeth Missing
Three principal options exist when all teeth have been lost.
Dental Implants – Numerous titanium posts can be placed and covered with dental crowns to create a new smile that looks and feels natural.
Complete Dentures – Modern full dentures are more esthetic, comfortable, and functional than the false teeth of the past. However, denture adhesive may be needed to enhance stability.
Implant Supported Dentures – Several implant posts can be placed, and a custom denture with corresponding fittings created. They are designed to snap over or screwed down to the implants for the ultimate in stability and functionality.
Doctor Leo Arellano and his team of professionals restore smiles in Daly City and the entire bay area beautifully. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule a consultation today.