When every tooth is in your mouth, neatly in a row, they keep each other in line and stable. If you are missing a tooth, this can cause the teeth to shift, move out of alignment and drift out of place. This can lead to a change in your bite, possible TMJ issues, potential gum disease and possible tooth decay. There are several different options for replacing teeth and depending on the area of the missing tooth, bone condition and also cost.. one may be the best fit for you.
A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of your missing tooth. The implant is placed into the bone by a specialist and then given the proper amount of time to heal before it is ready to be restored. Once the implant has properly healed, Dr. Golden will fit a crown which has an abutment made into it which fits the implant. Our lab will construct this after Dr. Golden makes and impression. Implants can be a great choice because once they are placed, they are treated like normal teeth and it is not necessary to disturb the surrounding teeth in any manner.
A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the missing tooth). The abutment teeth are prepped just as they would be for crowns, impressions taken, then a custom bridge fabricated by our lab to fill the space. The bridge is then fitted by Dr. Golden to make sure the alignment and occlusion is correct, then cemented into place. Bridges are a great option because they do not come in and out and once placed it is cleaned and taken care of just like your natural teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures/ Full Dentures
Removable Partial Dentures can be a very economical option to replace teeth, especially if there is a possibility of loosing more teeth in the future. Dr. Golden would take an impression of the upper and lower arches and our lab would fabricate the prosthesis out of metal and acrylic or a flexible acrylic. Full Dentures are fabricated in the same manner, usually made of acrylic and cover the whole upper and lower arches after any existing teeth have been removed by a specialist. Partials and dentures are taken out by the patient for cleaning and to rest the tissue.