Last month, we blogged about the reasons you may need a tooth extraction. As your dentist in Battle Creek, at Battle Creek Family Dentistry, we also have ways to restore your teeth if your tooth extraction left you with a gap in your smile that changes how well you chew, speak, and feel around other people. Another consideration is that spaces left by missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to drift, change your bite, encourage cavities, and spoil your smile. You’ll often want to replace that missing tooth.
If you have healthy teeth on either side of space left by a tooth extraction, a bridge might be a good choice for you. A false tooth (called a pontic) is connected to one or two crowns, which are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. The replacement tooth or teeth, plus one or two crowns are called a dental bridge.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable, custom-fitted replacement teeth that are crafted from strong, durable materials like acrylic resin which can be reinforced with porcelain or metal. There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth and can be placed on your upper, lower, or both arches to replace all of your teeth in one convenient oral appliance.
An implant is a replacement tooth root and crown that permanently replaces the lost tooth – or teeth. It acts just as your tooth roots do and anchor your teeth in place, allowing you to eat the foods you love without worrying that your dentures will slip or click – and they don’t require any special care, as with a dental bridge. We work with trusted specialists who will do the first step of your dental implant care – placing the implant. Then, when its fully healed, we will restore the implant with a beautiful, natural-looking crown. Simply treat it like your natural teeth for a long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
At Battle Creek Family Dentistry, we have many options to help you prevent dental issues – and repair them if they do arise. Our kind and compassionate team is dedicated to creating an experience that puts you in control of your care and treatment options. If you’re in any kind of dental pain at all, let us help you get out of pain. And if you need a new dentist in Battle Creek to help you stay healthy and prevent dental issues, or rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic options, we’re here to help you make your unique smile dreams come true. Call us today – and let us help you gain control of your oral health and love your smile.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. David Long, Battle Creek Family Dentistry