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What are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

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There are times when tooth loss becomes a reality that must be faced. Of course, we are committed to helping you to protect and preserve your natural teeth whenever reasonably possible. Still, when tooth loss occurs, we want you to know that we have the expertise to guide you through that difficult time.

Your Smithfield, NC dentist offers a full range of tooth replacement solutions that can be customized to meet your needs.

For most patients, dental implants provide more comfort and stability than any other tooth replacement alternative. Implants are permanently fused directly to the jawbone at the location of the missing tooth. The implant post is designed from biocompatible form of titanium that is readily accepted by the human body. After a brief healing period, the implant post can be restored with a dental crown (cap) or it can serve as an anchor for dentures and partials. The final result is a strong, conservative, and natural-looking tooth that is designed to last for a lifetime.

A permanent bridge offers another, high-quality solution for tooth loss. A bridge relies on the support of the neighboring, natural teeth in order to fill the space created by a missing tooth. This restoration is created from an extremely durable combination of metals and porcelain that can provide you with many years of structural integrity and esthetic appeal.

Removable dentures and partials are still very common tooth replacement solutions, though they are not recommended quite as often as dental implants and permanent bridges. Dentures and partials are used to replace a few missing teeth or a complete arch, according to your needs. Since dentures are not anchored to the teeth or bone in the same manner as other options, it may be challenging to achieve a truly comfortable fit. To overcome that challenge, it may be necessary to periodically adjust and reline the denture to fit more snugly against the gums.

You can be assured that your dentist in Smithfield recognizes you as an individual. As such, we will work diligently to find the solution that will be best for you. To find out more about dental implants and other options for replacing missing teeth, contact our office for an appointment today.

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