13 Aug Restoration Options for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can make common tasks such as chewing and speaking difficult, but they also can affect your self-confidence. However, if you are missing teeth, there are options to help you smile brighter. Here at the office of John R. Carson, DDS, we have several restoration options available to you.
Bridges are used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridge requires existing teeth on either side of the missing teeth to anchor the bridge. Once in place, the bridge feels and functions much like your natural teeth. There is risk of bone loss and receding gums where the teeth are missing, and the average lifespan of bridges is approximately 10 years.
Implant Supported Bridges
Implant supported bridges are not anchored to existing teeth but instead are anchored with implants in the jawbone. If you are missing several teeth, these are a good option. These implants stimulate the bones and gums, preventing bone loss and receding gums.
Implant Supported or Retained Dentures
Where implant supported bridges are an option for several missing teeth, implant supported full-bridges or implant supported dentures are a restoration option if you are missing all your teeth. They look and function more like natural teeth than removable dentures, and like implant supported bridges, they prevent bone loss and receding gums.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
All-on-Four implants are a unique option available if you are missing multiple or all your teeth. These are designed to replace your entire upper or lower set of teeth and can last 20 years or more with proper dental care. They look and function like natural teeth and include prosthetic gum tissue to give you a more natural-looking smile.
Dr. John Cason, DDS has a compassionate dentistry team in Tucson ready to help create a smile you will be happy with. If you’re ready to discuss your restoration options, call (520) 514-7203.