When people ask the team at The Addison Dentist about tooth restoration, they are usually told about two restorative dentistry options: fixed (or traditional) bridges and dental implants.
A bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the extracted tooth.
Dental implants can often be a more effective choice. A dental implant includes a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post fuses with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then affixed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields extraordinary results.
Preserving Facial Contour
Both of these tooth replacements keep or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from shifting, and can help correct bite problems.
To learn more about your restorative dentistry options, call The Addison Dentist in Addison TX to schedule a consultation.
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