There are several tooth replacement options for restoring your smile. Three popular choices include dental implants, crowns and bridgework, and dentures. A dentist can help you decide which option is right for you. Dr. Chithra Durgam at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with you.
Dental implants are a long-term and secure option for replacing lost teeth. When replacing just one tooth, a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown are needed. The metal implant is placed below the gum line in the jaw area. The implant is placed directly in bone and will become permanently fused with the bone over time, which helps the implant hold an artificial tooth firmly in place. An abutment is used to attach a dental crown to the implant. The crown looks and functions just like a regular tooth and is all that is visible since the implant sits below the gum line.
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth all at once. When doing so, several metal implants are placed in the jaw bone. depending on the number of teeth are being replaced and their positioning, either a dental bridge or an implant-supported overdenture will be placed on top of the dental crowns. One of our experienced dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
Crowns and Bridgework
Another option for replacing lost teeth is bridgework held in place by dental crowns. The crowns fit over existing teeth, while the bridge fills in the gaps where teeth are missing in between. Alternatively, the crowns can be attached to dental implants if it is not possible to place them over natural teeth. Either way, the crowns perform the function of securely holding bridgework in place. The artificial teeth along the bridge are called pontics. Both the pontics and crowns look and function the same as natural teeth.
Removable dentures are another excellent method for replacing lost teeth. Dentures can be used to replace just a few teeth or all of them. Partial dentures are worn when just a few teeth need replacement, while full or complete dentures are worn when a full row or arch of teeth is being replaced. Several types of removable full or partial dentures exist and our dentists can recommend a suitable option for you. Types of dentures meant to be worn long-term include removable partial dentures, conventional full dentures, and implant-supported overdentures.
You have several tooth replacement options and our knowledgeable dentist can help you choose the one that best suits your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam to discuss your options, including dental implants, call Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, at (201) 869-3033.