A missing tooth is a larger problem than some people realize. Thomas R. Lambert DMD offers several dental options to replace your lost or unhealthy teeth. All of them will give you back a smile that’s not just healthy but beautiful as well.
A dental bridge covers the gap between two places, so it makes sense that a dental bridge covers a gap between two teeth. To fill the gap, a replacement tooth is carefully made using your specific measurements, including the color of your existing teeth. This ensures the replacement will look and feel completely natural. This replacement is held in place by two crowns bonded to the teeth on either side, which is again made to blend in with your existing smile. This means you get a nonsurgical fix for a complicated problem.
Dental bridges are certainly good, but some patients prefer a stronger, longer-lasting option. That’s where dental implants can help. These are replacement teeth crafted to your unique measurements just like a bridge, but instead of using dental crowns to connect it to nearby teeth, the replacement is surgically placed. An artificial root made from titanium is implanted into your gum and jawbone. While the site heals, the implant fuses with the bone to create a foundation as strong as any of your other teeth. When everything is completely healed, we bond the replacement tooth to the root.
Dental Implants are long-lasting, incredibly strong, and natural-looking. If properly maintained with regular care such as brushing and flossing, implants can last for decades or more. And because they are implanted in your jaw, they prevent any deterioration of the jawbone brought by not having a tooth in place. If you are concerned about the cost or time it takes to place an implant, we also offer mini dental implants. Smaller in diameter, these can still make your smile look its best. They are also easier and quicker to place, saving you time and money. However, mini dental implants are not as strong as traditional implants. There are cases where we can provide immediate placement of a dental implant as well.
If you are missing a full arch of teeth, we have special implants called All-on-4 and All-on-6 that can fill the entire space. These use artificial roots and replacement teeth made to order just like traditional implants, but with the full coverage of a denture. They provide a less invasive but stronger alternative to placing individual implants for each of your missing teeth.
If you need a lot of teeth replaced, such as a full set of your upper or lower teeth, dentures can be a better alternative than using many individual implants. At Thomas R. Lambert DMD, we offer two kinds of implanted dentures. Implant-retained dentures are secured to your mouth using add clip-on attachment, whereas implant-supported dentures use a clip on bar instead. Both offer superior strength, durability, and security than traditional dentures. Plus, you will be able to eat all of the foods you could before. There’s simply no need to live with a missing tooth.