Missing teeth can make it hard to smile, bite, chew, and speak. Missing teeth can even lower your self-confidence! The truth is, you don’t have to live this way. Whether you lost a tooth from trauma or from decay, Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina can help you improve the look and function of your smile. There are many different ways that we can replace missing teeth. Here are a few options Dr. Hortman may present to you.
This treatment name gives you a hint to how it works. In all types of bridges, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are used to support a fake or pontic tooth. The teeth used to support the pontic tooth are called anchor teeth. There are four different types of bridges that Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates may present to you. The four types include traditional, maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported bridges. The most popular is the traditional bridge; however, new innovations in dentistry have made implant-supported bridges a dentist and patient favorite.
When you first wanted to fill the gap in your smile, this is probably the first treatment option you thought about. Similar to full dentures, partial dentures are made of a removable pink plastic and metal that is attached to replacement teeth. Usually, this precision partial denture looks more natural because it does not cover your natural teeth. Instead, it is held in place with unnoticeable attachment inside of the partial denture.
As an alternative to dental bridges and partial dentures, dental implants are supported by a post drilled into the jawbone under the missing tooth, instead of being supported by the surrounding teeth. Many patients at Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina prefer this option because it does not disturb nearby teeth. Additionally, with good oral hygiene dental implants can last a lifetime. Despite the advantages, dental implants are one of the most invasive procedures to replace a missing tooth. However, dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and many patients at Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina are thrilled that they invested in dental implants.
Treating Missing Teeth
To maintain good oral health, it is important that you maintain good oral hygiene and invest in necessary dental procedures, like the ones listed above, right away. Good oral health can lead to increased confidence and better overall health. For more information about bridges, partial dentures, dental implants, or other treatments for missing teeth, call our Palmetto Dental Associates at (843)-399-2525, today!