If you’ve lost a tooth from decay or an accident, you have lots of options. At Emerson Dental Arts, Dr. Archer Katz works with you to provide the most aesthetically pleasing and functional tooth replacements. If you live in Emerson, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking tool to find out how you can address any missing teeth.
Missing teeth cause more than inconvenience and changes to your smile. They can cause your remaining teeth to shift -- distorting your bite -- and result in bone loss around the socket. A large space where a tooth once was can make chewing and speaking problematic too.
Dr. Katz works with you to determine the best way to replace any missing teeth. He offers options, including:
Which procedure is best for you depends on the health of your jaw bone and the soft tissue in your mouth. Your aesthetic goals, oral hygiene habits, preferences, and overall health and mobility also influence your choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Dentures are usually the best option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
Overdentures sit in your mouth, on top of your gums. You remove them nightly. Overdentures can replace several missing teeth or an entire row.
Dentures may also be fixed on an implant, so they’re more stable and less likely to slip, complicating speech and eating.
A bridge is a false tooth or series of false teeth anchored to your adjacent teeth. Bridges are usually fixed, meaning they've permanently adhered in your mouth.
Bridges do require some adjustments be made to the teeth surrounding the socket of the missing tooth. They’re typically made by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A false tooth is then attached between these crowns.
Implants are the option most similar to a natural tooth. If you have healthy bones and gum tissue, Dr. Katz places a post into your jaw at the socket of the missing tooth.
Once the bone has grown in around the post, he attaches a crown on top that acts and looks just like your natural teeth. Implants can also anchor removable dentures. If you’re a candidate for an implant, it’s usually the most comfortable and functional way to replace a missing tooth.
Emerson Dental Arts offers several solutions for tooth replacements in Emerson, NJ and surrounding areas. Please feel free to call our office or request an appointment online today.