When you are missing teeth, you have many options to replace them. Your dentist in Raleigh, NC will need to assess your situation to determine which option is the best for you. There are many factors to consider, such as how many teeth are missing, the status of the remaining teeth and bone as well as your health history. Learn more about crowns, bridges and dental implants to have a better idea of your treatment options.
A dental crown is a cover for a tooth that is threatened by a cavity or has been fractured. The crown is a prosthesis that protects the tooth from further damage and enhances your smile. Typically, it takes two office visits to place a crown. However, a crown can be effective if you’re worried about one tooth.
Bridges typically replace multiple missing teeth. The teeth on each side of the section of missing teeth are prepared for a crown, which anchors the bridge in the mouth. It takes three office visits to make the bridge, but it is a good option to enhance the look of your smile and restore your bite.
Dental implants replace multiple missing teeth permanently. The implant is fused onto the jaw bone, which makes the dental crowns that are placed on the implant secure and stable. The result is a fully functional set of teeth. Although implants may need to be adjusted over time, they are designed to last for the rest of your life.
Good candidates for dental implants have good oral health, patience and good bone density. Although the crowns may not get cavities or decay, they do need to be taken care of like your own teeth to prevent gum disease. Make an appointment with Dr. Naran to discuss your oral health goals and missing teeth. We can help you find solutions that will enhance your smile and protect your teeth and gums.
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