Replace Missing Teeth Through a Smile Makeover

smile makeover Mountain View, CA

There are a handful of treatments that can be used to restore a person's missing teeth during a smile makeover. Smile makeovers are performed to improve the way that a patient's teeth look. It aims to tackle all the aesthetic issues that are visible when the person smiles.

4 Ways to replace missing teeth during a smile makeover

Here are some of the ways a dentist can replace your missing teeth during a smile makeover:

1. Dentures

Dentures are typically the cheapest way to replace missing teeth. There are partial dentures for people who have only lost some of their teeth, and full dentures for those who have lost most of their teeth.

Dentures come with a framework that rests on the wearer's gum. Artificial teeth are attached to this framework, and these replace the teeth the patient has lost. Wearing dentures allows the wearer to eat a wider range of food and speak more clearly.

The main drawback that comes with dentures is the fact that these oral prosthetics tend to shift while being worn. It can lead to the formation of sores on the soft tissues in the mouth or the dentures falling out.

2. Bridges

Just as their name suggests, bridges close the gap created by missing teeth. These oral prosthetics are often recommended when a person has multiple missing teeth right next to each other. The bridge is often connected to the two teeth closest to both sides of the gap. These are called abutments as they serve as anchors for the bridge. It is standard to cover them up with crowns to provide extra support for the bridge.

The set of artificial teeth — called pontics — are connected to the abutments to restore the appearance or function of lost teeth.

3. Implants

Implants are the only way to replace missing teeth that preserves the patient's jawbone tissue. The implant is surgically placed in the patient's jaw and left there for osseointegration to take place. This is the process of the implant fusing with bone tissues to become part of the person's jaw.

Once osseointegration is complete, a restoration like a crown can be attached to the implant. Whenever the person bites down on something, bite forces are transferred through the implant to the patient's jaw. This keeps the bone tissue healthy and prevents it from breaking down as is normally the case when a person loses a tooth.

The installation of implants requires patients to be healthy enough for oral surgery. Patients should also be willing to give up habits like smoking and drinking, at least for a while.

4. Implant-supported dentures

Implants are often combined with restorations like dentures when a patient is missing most of their teeth. This eliminates the shifting that takes place with dentures and helps to preserve the person's bone tissue. It is a great way to get maximum value from implants.

We can replace your missing teeth

Call our Mountain View clinic if you have missing teeth that need to be replaced. We can go over all the treatment options available to you and help you make the right choice for you.

Request an appointment here: https://smilesdental.com or call Smiles Dental Care at (650) 563-1180 for an appointment in our Mountain View office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

The Role Of A Cosmetic Dentist

A cosmetic dentist can provide a number of services that can give you a beautiful smile. The dentist focuses on creating a positive change to a patient’s teeth and smile. They usually provide elective or desired treatments and services. But many of the treatments can also provide restorative benefits. Read on to learn more about…

Quick Guide To Professional Teeth Bleaching

Many individuals are interested in the cosmetic benefits of professional teeth bleaching. Read this guide to understand how whiteners from a dentist help improve the appearance of the teeth and learn which different treatment options are available, depending on the patient’s unique needs and preferences.While there is more than one method used for professional teeth…

Early Signs Of Oral Cancer

Early detection and treatment of oral cancer are very important. It can help prevent the disease from spreading to other areas of the body or developing further. A large percentage of people in the United States survive from oral cancer after a couple of years. As long as this condition is caught early, the chances…

Ask A General Dentist: Does A Chipped Tooth Need A Root Canal?

You might get a chipped tooth when biting into something hard. The enamel that covers your teeth is hard and is a very mineralized tissue. However, its strength is often limited. Biting on something hard can cause a chip in the tooth. The good news is that your dentist can do many things to fix…

Recent Posts

The Role Of A Cosmetic Dentist

The Role Of A Cosmetic Dentist

A cosmetic dentist can provide a number of services that can give you a beautiful smile. The dentist focuses on creating a positive change to a patient’s teeth and smile. They usually provide elective or desired treatments and services. But many of the treatments can also provide restorative benefits. Read on to learn more about…

Quick Guide To Professional Teeth Bleaching

Quick Guide To Professional Teeth Bleaching

Many individuals are interested in the cosmetic benefits of professional teeth bleaching. Read this guide to understand how whiteners from a dentist help improve the appearance of the teeth and learn which different treatment options are available, depending on the patient’s unique needs and preferences.While there is more than one method used for professional teeth…