Consider tooth replacement if you’ve lost teeth to injury or extractions. A permanent or removable restoration can transform your smile and reduce the risk of other oral health problems. At The Smile Boutique in Phoenix, Arizona, our expert oral surgeon and general dentist offers several tooth replacement treatments, including bridges, dental implants, and dentures. Call The Smile Boutique today to request a tooth replacement consultation or book your appointment online.
Tooth replacement is an umbrella term for several restorative dentistry procedures. It uses custom-crafted oral prosthetics (artificial teeth) to replace permanent teeth lost to poor oral care, injury, or extractions.
The Smile Boutique offers several tooth replacement procedures, including:
Your dentist might recommend traditional dental implants if you’re missing one or two permanent teeth. Implants are small titanium posts that your dentist inserts into an empty tooth socket. The implant fuses with your bone afterward, providing a base for a dental crown.
You might benefit from All-on-4 implants if you’ve lost most or all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. All-on-4 implants replace an entire arch of teeth with just four titanium posts. After placement, the posts connect to implant-anchored dentures.
All-on-4 dental implant surgery is quick, effective, and pain-free. Treatment rarely requires bone grafts, and the implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
A bridge is a fixed (permanent) restoration that fills a gap in your smile. Bridges consist of an artificial tooth (pontic) and two crowns. The artificial tooth fills the gap in your smile, and your dentist bonds the crowns to the abutment teeth on either side of the crown.
Dental implants aren’t always the best treatment for people with missing teeth. The Smile Boutique might recommend dentures if you have thin jawbones or gum disease. Dentures are removable prosthetics (artificial teeth) that replace some or all of your permanent teeth.
At The Smile Boutique, tooth replacement typically takes two visits.
Your provider reviews your dental records, asks about your goals, and completes an oral exam. They also order cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) X-rays to examine your tooth roots, jawbone, and alveolar (the bone anchoring your upper teeth).
After gathering that information, your provider takes digital scans of your mouth. They use the scans to develop a surgical treatment plan for dental implants or to design a custom restoration like a bridge or dentures.
Then, they send your scans to a dental lab that makes personalized restorations. When your restorations are ready, you return to The Smile Boutique.
If you’re getting dental implants, you undergo dental implant surgery.
If you’re getting a bridge or dentures, your provider has you try on the restoration and adjusts them to ensure a perfect fit.
Call The Smile Boutique today to learn more about tooth replacement, or book your appointment online.