Losing just one tooth can have a significant impact on your smile. Not only can it change the way your teeth look, but it can also make biting and chewing food more challenging. These difficulties are considerably worse for those who are missing multiple teeth. Also, the remaining teeth can shift to compensate for the gaps, potentially causing jaw pain, headaches, and even additional tooth loss in the future. If you have lost any number of teeth, it’s important that you replace them. At Sunny Smile Dental, Dr. Sung-Hee Lee can provide options to replace missing teeth in North Dallas, TX that can be customized to meet your unique needs.
For a single missing tooth or even for several consecutive lost teeth in a row, a dental bridge can fill in the gap and keep your natural teeth in their proper alignment. This restoration is made of three or more dental crowns fused together with the end crowns hollowed out. These end crowns are anchored in place by being bonded to the teeth that abut the missing ones. A dental bridge allows you to regain function and looks completely natural.
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When you’ve suffered from multiple or even total tooth loss, a denture can restore your smile’s natural appearance. A gum-colored acrylic base is attached to the prosthetic teeth and connects them together in one restoration. Depending on your needs, we can use a partial denture, whose clasps hold onto neighboring teeth, to fill in the gaps. If the entire row needs to be replaced, a full denture can rest above the gums, allowing you to smile with confidence again.
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Although traditional bridges and dentures replace the visible portions of the missing teeth, they don’t address the missing root structure. As a result, your jaw bone will eventually lose strength and its youthful shape. Implant-retained restorations, however, are the most comprehensive replacement solution available, which means that they are the closest alternative to getting your natural teeth back in basically every way, including keeping your jaw bone robust. And the best part is that they typically last for much longer than traditional tooth replacement options.