Treating Missing Teeth in Adults with Implants
Many adults who have lost their teeth to decay, periodontal disease, or from an injury need a long-term tooth restoration. Dr. Ronald Rice treats missing teeth in adults with dental implants, partial dentures, and dental bridges. These solutions are designed to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth, and restore oral function.
Replacing a Single Tooth with Implants or a Dental Bridge
A single missing tooth can be treated with a single dental implant. The titanium portion of the implant mimics the root structure of the tooth and the dental crown on top looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth in adults and do not require any additional maintenance.
A dental bridge is an alternative to implants. The bridge is comprised of three dental crown units. The middle crown unit spans the space of the missing tooth, while the two end units work to anchor the bridge by bonding them to your natural tooth structure. The bridge creates a stable foundation but requires the two natural teeth adjacent to the space to be ground down so that the crowns fit properly.
A partial denture may be recommended for a single tooth replacement. The removable denture is designed with an artificial tooth that is attached to a plastic base. It is held securely in place with metal clasps. Few patients are satisfied with this method of tooth replacement because the denture is removable and does not look natural.
Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth in Adults
Dental implants can also be an ideal method for replacing multiple teeth. Dr. Rice can place a single dental implant at the site of each missing tooth with very natural-looking results.
A dental bridge can also be a good method for replacing multiple missing teeth. A three unit bridge can replace several missing teeth and can be anchored by dental implants instead of being fitted with dental crowns.
Want to learn more about options for dental implants for Twin Falls, ID? Set up a consultation with Dr. Rice to find out more about his treatments and procedures for replacing missing teeth in adults.