Tooth replacement has been a highly requested treatment at Oceanside Dental Excellence. When my patients want information about tooth restoration, I generally tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and tooth implants.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on adjacent sides of the missing tooth.
Tooth Implants Replace the Root and Crown
Dental implants are also popular and can often be a more effective choice. A dental implant incorporates a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a solid foundation for the replacement tooth.
After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then affixed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields fantastic results.
Preserving Facial Contour
Both of these options preserve or restore facial contour and permit you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite issues, as well.
Call Oceanside Dental Excellence to schedule a tooth restoration consultation by calling us at 760-439-3400.
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