Many of our patients in recovery enter our practice with concerns about missing teeth. We have been able to address these concerns with several tooth replacement procedures.
An alternative to removable and fixed dental bridges or removable dentures, dental implants are titanium posts that Dr. Alexander inserts in the jawbone under the gums where teeth are missing. Bone grows around the implant, securing it in place so it functions the same as a tooth root. Once that occurs, Dr. Alexander can attach a porcelain crown, bridge or full dentures to the new tooth “root.” These replacement teeth look, feel and function the same as your natural teeth.
Dental implants can help you regain your confidence, the ability to eat whatever you want, and your desire to smile again – with teeth that appear completely natural. Dental implants have improved the lives of many of our patients in recovery. Let Dr. Alexander help you decide if dental implants are the right alternative for your missing teeth.
Dental bridges are often used as a form of tooth replacement. These prosthetic appliances can be fixed, removable, or attached to dental implants.
- Removable bridges are attached to intact teeth with clasps that keep them in place when you are eating or speaking. Usually made of porcelain fused to metal or less expensive material such as acrylic, they are easy to remove for cleaning.
- Traditional fixed bridges closely resemble your natural teeth. They are made of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth with one or more prosthetic teeth between the two crowns. Made of porcelain fused to metal, these bridges can last for years. Like dental implants, they replace missing teeth, help to maintain facial shape, prevent shifting of remaining teeth, and help you to chew and speak better. They are more stable than removable bridges.
- Prosthetic teeth placed on dental implants provide the most stable means to replace missing teeth.
Bridge preparation usually takes two or more visits to complete. First, we make a highly accurate impression (mold) that we send to a dental laboratory where the bridge is prepared. Then Dr. Alexander prepares a temporary bridge for you to wear until your next appointment, when he will place the permanent bridge, ensuring maximum fit and comfort.
To find out more about your tooth replacement options, schedule an initial consultation at our Boynton Beach practice here.