We understand that losing your teeth due to an accident, disease, or old age can be a painful experience. Missing teeth can also alter the shape of your mouth and its function. At Dartmouth Dental Centre in Dartmouth, we specialize in restorative dentistry and provide dentures, bridges, and implants to replace your missing teeth.
If you’re missing all of your teeth in either the top or bottom jaw, we can fabricate custom dentures to restore the function of your teeth. While dentures may not feel like your real teeth, with practice over time, you will be able to chew, speak, and smile comfortably. Dentures can also enhance your facial structure. Dentures require 4-8 appointment to be fabricated perfectly.
We recommend partial dentures if only a few of your teeth are missing. Partial dentures come with a cast metal base. We also provide temporary plastic partial dentures, and implant-supported overdentures that "click" into place.
Dental bridges and crowns are recommended if the roots of your missing or damaged teeth are healthy. In order to fabricate a bridge, our dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the missing ones for implanting crowns. The next step involves attaching false teeth to either side of the crowns. The bridge is then made as one solid piece and cemented firmly. Bridges, unlike dentures, are non-removable.
Dental implants are titanium “roots” that are inserted into your jawbone in place of missing teeth roots. They are a great long-term choice to replace missing teeth. Once you get implants, a crown or a bridge can be placed on top to restore the function of your mouth.
An implant crown will not feel bulky like a partial denture and is a self-supported structure, unlike a bridge. You will have to brush and floss it like natural teeth. Implants greatly increase denture retention and stability, especially in the lower jaw, where dentures may not stay in place. Improved speech, comfort, and oral health are some of the advantages that implants offer.
A normal anesthetic that enables you to communicate and stay awake will be given during the implantation procedure. Consult with our dentists if you’re looking for restorative options.