With restorative dental care, patients can renew the look and function of their smiles. For patients with missing teeth, restorative dentistry provides multiple advantages. Restoring one or more lost teeth not only improves the look of the smile but also combats facial sagging and makes it easier to bite, chew, and speak. Without a dental restoration or even the support of implants, patients may find it difficult to enjoy hard or chewy foods. Even one missing tooth can cause changes in the shape of the face.
Dr. Nicholas Gardner provides treatment for missing teeth for patients in Gouverneur, NY, and the surrounding areas. He works with his patients to find the right treatments for their lost permanent teeth. Dr. Gardner and his dental team collaborate with patients as individuals to better understand their restorative dental needs.
Restoring Missing Teeth
There are several common treatment options for patients missing one or more permanent teeth:
A dental implant is a titanium post that an oral surgeon places in the jaw bone beneath the gums. Over a period of 3 to 6 months, the implant post fuses with the jaw bone tissue. This process creates a stable foundation for a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. With dental implants, patients not only restore the look of their smile but also create a more functional, healthier smile.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is typically supported by adjacent natural teeth. These natural teeth are capped off with dental crowns. However, dental implants provide a longer-lasting restoration. Like other implant restorations, implant-secured bridges require fewer repairs. Dental implants are permanent restorations that keep false teeth in place. They improve the function of bridges so patients can speak easily and combat missing tooth problems including facial sagging.
Partial dentures can restore consecutive missing teeth. Full dentures can renew arches of lost teeth. Although dentures are traditionally removable, they do not provide the proper support for the bone or gum tissue in the mouth. Removable dentures lay on top of the gums and are only held in place with adhesive. Patients who wear removable dentures cannot eat the foods they love without much difficulty. Implant-secured dentures allow patients to eat comfortably and with fewer restrictions. Dental implants create stability and durability for both rows and arches of prosthetic teeth.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Do you want to replace one or more missing teeth? Contact us for restorative care today. New patients can call us at (315) 203-1772, and current patients may call (315) 287-7900. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Gardner on our website. If you have further questions about your treatment, let Dr. Gardner know at your next visit. He will be glad to help you.