Missing teeth is a common occurrence that can happen from accidents, tooth decay, or old age. Fortunately, there are multiple solutions for people missing one or more teeth. At Contemporary Family Dentistry, we can get your smile looking as good as new! Our solutions for missing teeth can make chewing, talking, and smiling with abandon a breeze. We can restore your smile with bridges, dental implants, or removable partial dentures, right at our office in Bend.
A fixed tooth bridge is a long-term solution to fill in spaces where one or more teeth are missing. Fixed bridges bond to existing teeth or get cemented into place. They are not removable without assistance from a dentist. Bridges replace missing teeth, literally “bridging” the gaps in your mouth. Bridges look just like your existing teeth, with the ability to match shape and color to a tee. Bridges may be made of lifelike ceramics, that are durable and beautiful. They bond to surrounding teeth for support, to alleviate pressure on your existing teeth. A fixed bridge will involve two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, to use as anchors. Then, the bridge(s) or false tooth will sit between the anchors, cemented or bonded to the anchoring or abutment teeth for a strong, permanent fix. Bridges can stop existing teeth from becoming misplaced or taking too much stress. They can fix your smile, solve chewing problems, and help maintain the shape of your face!
If you don’t have natural teeth in the necessary place, implants may be necessary to serve as anchors for tooth bridges or as tooth replacements. Dental implants are artificial teeth that attach directly to the jaw, beneath the gums. Implants replace the tooth root, providing a strong and sturdy foundation for permanent or removable bridges. Dental implants will look, feel, and work like your own teeth. They fuse with the bone of your jaw to become permanent.
Dental implants are not dentures! They are permanent fixtures in your mouth. They are comfortable, stable, and don’t require reducing other teeth like bridges often do. You can leave your existing teeth intact. Implants are an excellent long-term choice that will remain usable for many years, or a lifetime with proper care. Implants are convenient, durable, and safe, without any of the drawbacks of removable dentures. They are a great choice for individual missing teeth.