Replacement of Missing Teeth in Arlington, TX
Dr. Franklyn Alexander provides many options to replace missing teeth which produce beautiful, natural results. A few of our common procedures to replace missing teeth include dental implants, porcelain bridges, and different types of dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or to hold dentures into place. Since the structural design of an implant is the same as a natural tooth, this option can create the most natural looking results. Dr. Alexander will discuss options to have your implant placed in our office or refer you to a top implant specialist in our area. After the implant post is placed, Dr. Alexander connects a sturdy, natural looking implant crown to the implant post.
A dental bridge is a porcelain tooth fused between two permanent porcelain crowns on each side of the missing tooth. A bridge is an excellent option for dental patients who are not a good candidate for dental implants, but prefer the stability of a permanent solution to one or more missing teeth.
Removable Partial Denture
A partial denture is used to replace single or multiple teeth anywhere. The replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base and connected by either a metal framework or tooth colored plastic that snaps over existing teeth. Removable partial dentures are an option if dental implants or bridges cannot be used.
An overdenture is a denture that is connected to dental implants (usually two) specifically placed to hold the denture in place. Compared to other types of dentures, overdentures have better aesthetic appeal and can increase your chewing ability and improve speech. In many cases, overdentures can be specially made to fit just where the teeth would be and not cover the roof of the mouth (palate). Most patients prefer this special type of overdenture and say that it also increases the ability to taste food.
Full dentures do not usually provide the best solution to replace either diseased or missing teeth. Dr. Alexander will complete a full examination to see if dentures are in fact the best choice for you. If they are, Dr. Alexander will usually recommend an overdenture which usually result in a better quality fit compared to traditional dentures.
To find out which teeth replacement option is best for you, call us to schedule a consultation.