Missing teeth? Treatments for damaged or missing teeth in Burnaby BC
If you are missing one or more teeth, it can indeed be stressful. Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you, and if you are missing teeth, you may be tempted not to smile as much or to hide your mouth while speaking or eating. Fortunately, thanks to many advances in dental technology over the years, it’s now possible to correct even complex cases and restore the mouth to full functionality and appearance. Two possible solutions for missing teeth include:
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration to that is fixed to surrounding teeth. The bridge fills (bridges) the gap left by the missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from moving into the gap and becoming misaligned. A fixed bridge is less invasive than a dental implant. In cases where the surrounding teeth are strong enough to support the bridge, it is an excellent solution for maintaining jaw-alignment and creating a beautiful smile. Your dentist can craft a bridge that will perfectly match the colour of your surrounding teeth, and shape it to enhance your smile!
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also to provide a fixed solution as an alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants can also provide excellent support and stability for these removable dentures in some cases. Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist (gum specialist). The teeth or crowns attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
If you still have all your teeth, but there is damage such as cracks, chips, breaks or deep discoloration, less invasive treatment may be required. Veneers, crowns and teeth whitening may be all that is needed to fix these imperfections.
If you are missing one or more teeth, contact us today to find out what your options are. Let us help you achieve a smile that you can be proud to show off!