An extraction is when a tooth is removed completely from the mouth. Typically, your dentist will first numb the area around the tooth to prevent discomfort. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then forceps to remove it. After a tooth is removed, it is essential to replace it with a prosthetic so that your oral functionality and appearance are restored.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by placing an artificial tooth or teeth between two healthy teeth. The bridge is held securely in place by crowns placed over the healthy teeth.
If you have missing teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. The treatment is completed over the course of two to three visits. During the first visit, we will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth will be reshaped to make room for crowns. Impressions will be taken of the mouth and sent to a dental lab, where your custom bridge will be created. Your dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums between visits. During your final visit, your permanent bridge will be attached.
A dental implant involves the placement of a metal post in the jawbone. This post serves as a replacement tooth root. After a period of healing, the post is capped with a dental crown. This restoration is custom-crafted to look just like your natural teeth. A dental implant is a great option if you are missing one, several, or even all of your teeth. Implants are highly preferred owing to their excellent strength, stability, lifelike aesthetics, and long lifetime.
Partial dentures are quite similar to complete dentures but only fill in gaps where teeth are missing. They are removable and are held in place by a metal framework that attaches to the remaining teeth. They look absolutely natural and offer excellent strength and durability, thanks to the metal framework supporting the structure.
Full dentures are a removable tooth replacement option. They are secured by natural suction or an adhesive. You can use full dentures to replace all of your teeth and the surrounding gum tissues as well. They are made from a combination of dental grade acrylic and ceramic, making them appear natural and lifelike.