If you have one or more missing teeth, it can be difficult to determine which restoration option is best suited for your needs and goals as there are many to choose from. At the office of Robert R. Hawley, DDS, FACP, our team of dental professionals wants to make sure you achieve optimal oral health and an aesthetic that meets your standards. We are committed to improving the smiles of our Abilene patients with quality dental care and a friendly atmosphere and staff.
To ensure our patients choose a teeth replacement option that allows them to reach their ideal smile, Dr. Hawley has provided the following details regarding each restoration.
Traditional Teeth Replacements
Bridges- This teeth replacement option restores one or more missing teeth in a row. The bridge utilizes neighboring teeth for security as caps are placed on them. The prosthetic teeth are cemented to adjacent teeth to maintain stability. Because adjacent teeth need to have crowns on top of them, they do require some alterations.
Denture/Partials- These prosthetics can replace up to an entire arch of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. This tooth replacement option relies on natural suction and adhesives like dental cement to ensure a secure fit. This restoration does require you to occasionally visit the dental practice as your dentist may need to make continual adjustments to the denture as facial shape changes with age. For those who need to stay within a strict budget, obtaining traditional dentures may be the route to take as they are an affordable way to receive a complete, beautiful, and functional smile.
Implant-Supported Teeth Replacements
Crowns- This restoration renews one tooth anywhere in the smile and does not require the modification of surrounding dental structures. Since the crown gains its stability directly from the jawbone, this makes the tooth replacement durable enough to last a lifetime.
Bridges- Unlike its convention counterpart, implant-supported bridges do not require neighboring teeth to become altered. Patients may replace one or more teeth in a row without having to worry about impacting surrounding dental structures.
Dentures- Implant-supported dentures comprehensively replace entire arches of teeth with compromising jawbone health as the implant posts act like teeth roots. This restoration option also receives its strength from the bone, meaning the prosthetic is not at risk for slippage or dislodgement. Patients are able to enjoy their favorite foods without worries.
If you would like to find out which teeth replacement option is best for you, contact the office of Robert R. Hawley, DD. Our Abilene dental team does everything we can to make sure you leave our practice with a healthy, beautiful smile you can confidently showcase.