Have you lost one or more teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, adult teeth don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as when you were a kid.) If you have had teeth extracted or if they are compromised by staining or decay, you may be interested in cosmetic dentistry from Jordan Landing Smiles.
When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to preserve your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used successfully for decades.
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue.
There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. Implants are often the best restoration, as they offer beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.
Most individuals have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are customized and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.
If you still have your teeth, but are not satisfied with them, these might be your solution. Stunning porcelain veneers offer a cost-effective approach to cosmetic adjustments—uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They improve unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.