The moment a tooth is lost, your ability to perform certain functions can start to take a toll. Regardless of which tooth is lost or how many, Goodman Dental Care wants to do everything possible to help you restore your missing teeth, whether it’s through dental bridges, dentures or dental implants! Our materials are made with cosmetics in mind while still being incredibly durable and long-lasting. If you’re in need of a tooth replacement treatment, no more how extensive, contact our office today!
When teeth are lost, your remaining teeth will not simply stay in place. Instead, your teeth will begin to shift out of their current position and closer towards the gap that now exists in your smile. This causes your bite to become misaligned, increasing the risk of neighboring teeth grinding against each other and becoming damaged. Replacing teeth, regardless of how you do it, prevents teeth from shifting in the first place.
Dr. Gary Goodman and Dr. Jeremy Goodman will typically recommend dental bridges for patients who’ve lost one or more teeth in a row and aren’t a good candidate for dental implants. This prosthetic is designed with two dental crowns on either side; their function is to attach over neighboring healthy teeth like an anchor, holding the bridge securely in place within your smile.
For hundreds of years, dentists have used dentures to help patients replace missing teeth and enjoy better oral health. Other solutions have come along since, but our Annapolis team still enjoys providing this affordable and convenient solution to those who prefer it.
At Goodman Dental Care, we offer two types of removable dentures:
Partial dentures, which are also known as partials, and full dentures. Depending on your needs and your medical history, your dentist may recommend one of these restorations over other similar options.
Partial dentures feature multiple teeth on a gum-colored base. In most cases, these replacement teeth are spread across the partial's base so that the restoration fits like a puzzle around existing teeth. What's more, most partials are secured with either clips or brackets.
Full dentures, meanwhile, are designed to replace an entire row of teeth (known as an arch). As with partials, the replacement teeth on a full denture are attached to a base that mimics the look of natural gum tissue. Most full dentures are held in place with either suction or a special adhesive.
Regardless of which kind you end up with, both are removable so that they can be stored overnight and easily cleaned.
For patients seeking an alternative to traditional dentures, we also offer implant-retained prosthetics. Visit our dental implants page to learn more about the benefits of this versatile restorative service.
Unlike other tooth replacements which only replace teeth above the gum line, dental implants take the process a step further. Through detailed oral surgery and titanium materials, we can replace both the root and the crown of your missing tooth. During the surgical phase, we open the gum tissue, place the implant, then close it so that it can integrate with your jaw’s bone tissue. Doing this ensures that your new tooth has a stable foundation and feels as natural as possible.