When we lose a tooth, it can impact our lives in various ways. We may become self-conscious about smiling due to the visible gap in our smile. We may begin to lose the ability to eat our favorite foods, and with enough teeth lost, it can even impact our ability to speak clearly. There can be a notable impact on our social lives and careers as we lose confidence, begin to smile less, and experience the discrimination that can come with an imperfect smile. Here at McCartney Dental, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with effective approaches to addressing missing or damaged teeth.
Find Out How Tooth Restoration Treatments Can Boost Your Smile
There are a variety of restoration options available capable of restoring a single tooth or an entire arch. Which one will be right for you will be determined by the reality of your oral health, financial reality, and personal preferences. Some of the most common options are found below:
- Dental Crown – If there’s sufficient healthy dental material remaining to save the tooth, a dental crown is often the right option. The majority of the visible tooth is shaped to serve as a mounting point for a dental crown.
- Bridges – If the teeth around the gap caused by a missing tooth are healthy, then a bridge can be effective. These healthy teeth are shaped to support a dental crown, and a prosthetic tooth known as a pontic is used to connect the two support crowns together and replace the missing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures – Dentures have a tendency to slide around, even when otherwise held in place with dental adhesive. Even partial dentures with metal clips can slip off the tooth. Implant-supported dentures resolve this by connecting to clips attached to titanium screws inserted in the jawbone.
- Implants – Implants are the ultimate restoration option. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of them, they can restore a natural-looking and feeling smile easily. A titanium screw is inserted into the jaw with an abutment, or mounting point, set atop it. The dental crown replacement is mounted on this abutment. These crowns can be a single tooth, encompass an entire arch, and be mounted on as few as four titanium screws.
Each of these tooth restoration treatments can effectively restore form and function to your smile. Dr. Jonathan McCartney will help you determine which of these approaches will be the one that gets you the results you’re hoping for.
See McCartney Dental For Tooth Restoration Treatments
If you’re ready to begin looking into dental restoration options for your smile, it’s time to see Dr. McCartney. It all starts with a single call to 941-423-4334 to schedule your consultation and dental exam. During your visit, you’ll undergo a full examination, dental history, and dental cleaning. Dental imaging often accompanies these steps to get a complete picture of your oral health. Following this, you’ll speak with Dr. McCartney about your treatment options and start planning the best approach for you!