Are you having difficulty chewing and enjoying your favorite foods? For each missing tooth, you lose approximately 10% of your remaining ability to chew food. You need your teeth healthy enough to chew. Isn’t that their main purpose? They might have specialized jobs – some teeth cut, others crush, and yet others tear – but they are all used for chewing so you can eat the food you need to stay healthy.

Since teeth are so vital to chewing, eating and even digestion, missing one or more teeth can have a huge impact. You might have to chew with just one side of your mouth (which is always hard to do) or avoid some foods altogether. If you are having a hard time chewing because you’re missing teeth, we can help. We offer dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures to let you get back to eating and chewing like you used to.

Dental Bridges

One option to replace a missing tooth is a permanent dental bridge. We would make a cosmetically pleasing, porcelain artificial tooth that will look natural in your smile, then secure it in the empty space using matching porcelain dental crowns. This can be a bit more cost effective than replacing a missing tooth with an implant, depending on the individual case, and is a very reliable and effective treatment option.

Dental Implants For Long-Lasting Help

Another option for replacing a missing tooth is a dental implant. This is less invasive than a bridge, since neighboring teeth don’t have to be drilled for crowns. Also, sometimes there are not adequate teeth to anchor to for a bridge (for example if it’s the last molar that’s being replaced, and there is no tooth behind it).

With a dental implant, our dentists will surgically implant a titanium root where the old tooth used to be. Surprisingly, this procedure is painless using local anesthesia and involves minimal discomfort afterwards. Since teeth have roots that go into the jawbone, this mimics the natural structure of your teeth. Once the area is healed, an artificial tooth is attached to the titanium root. As with bridges, this artificial tooth is made to fit into your smile and looks natural.

All-on-4 For A Full Arch Of Teeth

Single implants are a great way to replace a single missing tooth. But what if you are missing a whole arch or mouthful of teeth? All-on-4 treatments can help. Four dental implants are surgically placed in your jaw, and then a set of artificial teeth are connected to those implants. These are extremely stable and feel more natural when chewing than traditional dentures. Also, the palate is left uncovered, unlike a full upper denture. The All-on-4 gives your mouth the teeth it needs while making sure they are securely held in your mouth.

You should not have to skip over your favorite foods because of missing teeth. With bridges, traditional implants, and All-on-4 treatments, we can securely and safely replace missing teeth so you can chew naturally and smile with confidence. To learn more about how we can replace missing teeth, call us at [phone] today or use our convenient online form.