When confronted with a lost tooth, there are two main options for restoring it. Dental bridges and dental implants are the two most common procedures. In the case of losing all of your teeth, dentures or implant-supported dentures are the main options.
For a single tooth, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap that is created by the missing tooth. In order to place a bridge, the two teeth that surround the missing tooth need to be filed down so that they can act as abutments and be fit with crowns. In between the crowns is the pontic, which is the prosthetic tooth that will replace the missing tooth. Dental implants do not require any collateral damage to surrounding teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is placed directly into the bone below where the missing tooth was located. Once the implant has fused with your jawbone, it is fit with a crown.
Dentures are a common option for replacing all of your teeth. Many patients find dentures to be uncomfortable for eating and speaking. They also do not like how easy it can be for them to fall out. That is why there are also dentures that can be supported by dental implants. Dentures that are supported by dental implants can either take the form of a fixed bridge or a removable overdenture. Either way, the implants provide the dentures with stability and support.
Contact our restorative dentist in San Fernando Valley if you are looking to restore any teeth that you may have lost.