As the years go by, teeth may be extracted for any number of reasons, or even lost due to trauma. A variety of dental prosthetic appliances are available to replace missing teeth to help maintain the shape of your face, recreate your beautiful smile, alleviate the stress in your bite, or strengthen a weakened tooth. At Olivieri Dental Care, we are more than willing to discuss with you possible solutions to your problem of missing teeth. Some of the solutions we provide include:
One of the most common prosthodontic procedures is the conventional bridge. Bridges replace missing teeth by having a replacement tooth anchored to crowns that fit over the natural teeth on either side of the space being filled.
Another way to replace missing teeth is through the use of an implant-retained crown. This is an especially desirable treatment option when perfectly healthy teeth are on either side of the space to be restored. Here, a titanium root-form (the “implant”) is placed in the bone to which a crown is then attached. The result is a missing space restored without the cutting of healthy teeth.
When a patient has no teeth in either one or both jaws, a Removable Complete (Full) Denture is routinely used to restore the health of the mouth. An arch devoid of teeth severely affects one’s speech, ability to eat a variety of foods (thus negatively impacting their health), and makes one appear older. This prosthesis, made from acrylic (and using either acrylic or porcelain teeth), is custom-made and colour-matched for your mouth alone that gives you back your smile, provides you with a more youthful-looking face, and a restores a reasonable measure of the function you had with your natural teeth.
When a patient has a severely atrophied jaw, or when a conventional full denture is too unstable, an implant-retained denture may be the better solution. Such an appliance provides significantly increased stability, function, and patient comfort.
A Removable Partial Denture (or “Partial”) is an appliance used to replace one or more missing spaces in an arch. Typically made of a metal framework with acrylic (and using acrylic, porcelain, or metal prosthetic teeth), this prosthesis is designed with clasps that anchor onto the existing teeth to hold it in place.