Although some people may assume that missing even a single tooth is not that big of a deal, this simply isn’t true. The fact is, missing teeth can be detrimental to your long-term oral and overall health. Dr. Long and her team want to do everything possible to replace your missing teeth with reliable, natural-looking, and functional bridges and dental implants, both of which dramatically improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of other dental conditions.
To replace single or multiple consecutive teeth, we can create a personalized restoration called a dental bridge. Bridges are made up of multiple crowns that have been fused together. The crowns located in the center of the bridge are meant to fill the gap in your smile, preventing neighboring teeth from shifting out of place. The crowns on either end are hollowed out (similar to dental crowns) and the teeth sitting adjacent to the gap in your smile are modified so they can hold the bridge in place.
Instead of relying on existing teeth to hold a restoration, dental implants make use of titanium posts that are biocompatible with bone and soft tissue. Once the posts are surgically placed into the jaw, they can integrate into the bone. A restoration (usually a crown or bridge) can be placed on top of the implant once the site has fully healed. While this treatment takes longer to complete than does a bridge, it usually provides a more conservative and natural-looking solution for tooth loss.