Dental bridges are an ideal restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap in a smile. Dental bridges are anchored to neighboring teeth by either dental crowns or dental implants.
Bridgework secured by dental implants provides a stronger, more effective restoration. Though a larger investment up front, there are significant long term benefits. Dr. Alexander will help you decide what type of dental bridge is right for you.
It is very important to replace missing teeth promptly. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. The longer the area is exposed, the more likely the bone is to suffer significant loss. Exposed gum is also more susceptible to gum disease.
People who are missing teeth usually have difficulty speaking and chewing. Missing teeth are also a source of embarrassment, causing people to hide their smile and avoid social situations. Not many people realize how important teeth are to the appearance of the face. The teeth provide support to the lips and cheeks, without them, the face can sag or droop, giving it an aged appearance.
Alternatives to Dental Bridges
With the use of advanced technology and in depth knowledge on restoration, Dr. Alexander can help improve the function and aesthetic of your smile. At Alexander Dentistry, we understand that patients who are missing teeth may experience difficulty speaking and eating comfortably. We aim to restore your smile by providing a replacement option that is right for you.
Missing Teeth Replacement Options
Dental Implant: Dental implants are small titanium post that is surgically attached to your jaw bone. To receive dental implants, patients need to have a substantial amount of healthy jaw bone structure. Dr. Alexander will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if dental implants are right for you.
Dental Bridge: The dental bridge is ideal for patients who are missing several consecutive teeth. Traditionally, dental bridges rely on neighboring teeth for support. However, due to recent advancements in dentistry, dental bridges can be fixed into place using dental implants.
Dentures: Dentures are used to replace either a full bottom or top arch of teeth. Dr. Alexander will take impressions of our teeth to ensure your dentures fit comfortably in your mouth. Dentures can also be permanently attached using All-on-Four dental implants.
All-On-Four: With as few as four strategically placed dental implants, patients can receive fixed dentures. All-On-Four may be ideal for patients who may not have been ideal candidates for traditional dental implants. The All-On-Four has made dental implants available to a wider range of patients.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about options for replacing missing teeth in our Jacksonville dental office. Dr. Alexander provides patient-focused dental care to patients with a wide range of dental concerns. Dr. Alexander and his dedicated team will help you find the right replacement option for your missing teeth.