Tooth Replacement Options from Dentures to Implants

Do you have missing teeth that are affecting the way you eat, speak, or your self esteem?  There are several options today that can restore your smile or even make it better than before.

Dentures

Dentures are a great option for patients missing multiple teeth and looking for a less invasive approach. Each denture we make at Beautiful Smiles is custom designed and requires several appointments in order to maximize the beauty and function of the denture.  We begin the process by taking dental impressions of your mouth. Subsequent visits include facial measurements and tooth shade and shape selection.  We invite you to be an active participant in choosing what you would like your smile to look like.  We have even had patients bring in photos of themselves prior to losing their teeth so we can best replicate their natural smile.

Bridge

A bridge is an option for patients looking to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges are permanently cemented into a patient’s mouth and are not removed.  Your mouth must first be evaluated to see if you are a good candidate for a bridge.  If so, the process of placing a bridge involves first numbing the adjacent teeth, preparing the teeth to hold the bridge, taking an impression, and sending it off to a dental lab to create the bridge.  Once received from the lab, you return for an appointment to cement the bridge in place.

Implants

Implants most closely replicate a natural tooth.  They are an excellent long-term option to replace missing teeth.  Dental implants are posts that are surgically placed and serve as anchors for replacement teeth.  There are three phases to getting an implant:

  • The implant is surgically placed.  While this sounds invasive, most of our patients tell us they experienced so little post operative pain they didn’t even require taking pain medication.
  • A healing period is required that allows the bone to grow around the implant and hold it firmly in place.  Some patients need to wait several months for full integration while others can have the implant and replacement teeth placed in one visit.
  • The last step involves placing the tooth on the implant.  This requires a digital scan of your mouth so we can customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown.  We take into consideration size, shape, color, and fit to allow for the new tooth to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

If you are interested in restoring your smile, give us a call at 860-232-4511 and we can find a treatment option that works best for you.  We look forward to talking to you soon!

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