At Riverside Dental we offer a range of restorative dental services to address any dental problems you may be having while also restoring beauty and function to your smile.
Options for replacing a missing tooth
Few things have a greater impact on dental health and appearance than the loss of a tooth. When teeth are lost the remaining teeth can drift out of position, cause a change in the bite, develop decay or gum disease and have a higher risk of fracture. We offer several options for replacing missing or un-salvageable teeth, including dental bridges, dental implants and dentures.
The teeth either side of where the tooth was missing or removed can be used for anchorage of a fixed bridge. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared for crowns and the false tooth is constructed by the technician to attach to the two crowns. These types of restorations were extremely popular before the invention and general use of the dental implant. They still have their place in modern dentistry today but are less favoured due to the loss of tooth structure caused by the crown preparation on the teeth either side of the gap. They tend to have a lifetime of approx 5-10 years, though this can depend on a number of different factors. Find out more about dental bridges here.
Dental implants are the most advanced and permanent tooth-replacement option available today. An implant is placed into the jaw bone where the root of the missing tooth once would have been, and it is topped with a crown to give it the appearance of a natural tooth. This tooth replacement option is also the best option in terms of your future oral health, as the pressure that the implant exerts on your jaw bone when you chew keeps the bone healthy and prevents it from receding as it normally would when you are missing a tooth. The implant also keeps other teeth from shifting into the space of the missing tooth. Implants allow you to eat normally and function almost exactly as a natural tooth. More information on dental implants is available here.
Dentures are removable appliances used to replace one or more teeth. For more information on our denture options please visit our page on dentures at Riverside Dental.