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Living With a Missing or Compromised Tooth? You Have Options!

July 17, 2021
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Posted By: Gordon Dental Associates

A tooth that is compromised presents many daily challenges. For example, you may begin to notice that eating and chewing becomes more difficult, and it could affect your nutrition. You may also feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, which impacts your confidence and how you interact with other people.

The good news is that your St. Augustine dentist offers several solutions to help restore your smile, even if you are missing multiple teeth or even all of your teeth.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a good solution for one or two missing teeth next to each other. A bridge anchors to healthy teeth on each side with dental crowns that hold prosthetic teeth in place. The bridge is a fixed appliance, which means that you don't remove it, and it won't slip when you're eating and chewing.

Your dentist will customize your bridge with ceramic porcelain that we blend to complement your smile. A bridge will allow you to eat and chew with ease again, and when you keep your anchor teeth clean, it can potentially last for many years.

Full or Partial Dentures

A denture is an excellent solution for patients with multiple missing teeth or if you need to consider replacing all of your teeth.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps left by multiple missing teeth with a removable appliance that uses metal clasps to anchor healthy teeth.

Full dentures are also removable but made of acrylic that is designed to restore your smile. Dentures use the suction created by a snug fit to stay in place.

Dental Implants 

Dental implants represent the gold standard for tooth replacement because they restore both your tooth and root. An implant that is surgically placed into your jawbone integrates with it over time and supports a porcelain crown that becomes your new tooth.

Dental implants can also act as anchors for a dental bridge or denture, allowing them to restore multiple missing teeth and giving denture wearers more stability.

Which Option Is Best for Me?

If you're looking for tooth replacement solutions in St. Augustine, FL, our team at Gordon Associates would love to talk with you. Our dentists have helped hundreds of patients regain their smiles, and yours could be next!

 

 

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