Treatments for patients who are missing teeth | Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Ridge, BC
Missing one or more teeth can affect a patient’s life in so many ways. It can make chewing, eating and speaking more difficult, and also negatively impact a person’s self esteem. At Coast Dental Centre, we specialize in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Over the years we have restored countless patients to a state of optimal oral health.
Whether you’re looking to replace a single tooth or are in need of a full mouth restoration, rest assured that highly skilled, dedicated team will work to formulate a treatment plan to give you the results you are looking for.
A dental implant is a treatment option for one or more missing teeth. With dental implants, a titanium post is implanted into the jaw where the root of the natural tooth used to be. A prosthetic tooth is then secured to the implant. This new tooth is custom made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s remaining teeth. A dental implant can help preserve the shape of the jaw by preventing the neighbouring teeth from shifting.
A three unit bridge is another innovative treatment to replace a single missing tooth. With a three unit bridge, a custom made artificial tooth is connected on each end to crowns. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place. One benefit of three unit bridges is that the crowns that are used to anchor the prosthetic tooth in place can also serve to strengthen the neighbouring teeth. As with dental implants, these bridges can help prevent teeth from shifting.
We understand that some patients may be missing more than one, or even all of their teeth. Patients may have lost teeth due to a variety of reasons, including damage, decay or dental trauma. In these cases, fixed bridges as well as complete or partial dentures are viable options. The dental specialists at Coast Dental Centre can create a set of dentures or bridges that will look and feel natural for you.
If you are missing teeth, it is best to speak to your dentist about treatment options sooner rather later. In doing so, you will be able to benefit from your restored smile, as well as reducing the chances of your jaw shrinking as a result of the missing teeth. Contact us today to book an appointment and get the process of creating your beautiful new smile started!