Patients with missing teeth no longer need to rely on traditional bridges and dentures to replace their teeth. At the practice of our dentist, Michael Fulbright, D.D.S., missing teeth can now be replaced seamlessly thanks to new advances in implant dentistry. Our experienced dental team has helped many patients achieve a successful outcome with the many state-of-the-art missing tooth replacement options available at Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry.
The sections below will provide you with an overview of our treatment options. If you would like more information, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation to talk about your needs and goals, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. They are custom-made for the best possible fit and appearance, and the results are typically permanent. Dental implants require no extra maintenance beyond regular brushing and flossing. These innovative restorative dentistry treatments look and feel so natural, you may have a hard time distinguishing the implant from your original teeth.
Dental implants are one of the most common restoration options that Dr. Fulbright offers to his patients missing one tooth or multiple teeth. The results can serve as a viable and permanent solution that fit and feel like real teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can often serve as a good alternative for individuals who are missing multiple teeth. This option is a significant upgrade from traditional dentures, offering a more stable foundation for denture appliances and eliminating the need for messy pastes and adhesives to prevent slippage along the gums.
Implant bridges utilize the basic concept of a fixed dental bridge, but add a new and important step. For patients who have one or more missing teeth in the same area of the mouth, a bridge can be placed to literally “bridge” the gap between the adjacent natural teeth. Traditional fixed dental bridges involve the use of artificial teeth attached to two dental crowns attached to natural teeth on each side of the gap. By contrast, implant bridges use dental implants on each side of the missing teeth to stabilize the bridge, ultimately serving to reduce potential bone loss caused by the missing teeth and give the bridge an exceptionally secure foundation. This option can be advantageous for patients who have multiple adjacent missing teeth, providing results that look and function like natural teeth.
Dental crowns are custom-crafted teeth restorations that are designed to look like your natural teeth and a provide a precise, comfortable fit. They are the final touch for a dental implant procedure, and are also important components of implant bridges and many other types of restorative dental procedures. The CEREC in-office milling system allows our dentist to create customized dental crowns right here at our practice, without the need to send them to an outside dental laboratory.
We encourage you to contact Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry with any questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment. Our dental team looks forward to helping you renew the function of your teeth and restore your smile with beautiful results.