A beautiful solution for missing teeth in Richmond, VA
A gap in your smile can leave a gap in your life, whether you’ve had a tooth knocked out, lost teeth due to gum disease, or are missing teeth for any other reason. Here at Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA, we understand – and we are here to help. With individual attention and customized treatment plans, we help each patient find the best solution for his or her unique needs.
Traditional dental bridge
In generations past, a fixed dental bridge was the most popular way to replace a missing tooth. This restoration is composed of two dental crowns and a false tooth, fused into a single unit. Traditionally, the procedure would take several weeks to complete.
Bridges are still commonly used, though today’s restorations are higher in quality and more convenient that those of the past. With new CEREC technology, dental bridges can be created right here in our office.
The benefits of a dental bridge include:
- Fast procedure, can usually be completed in a single visit
- Usually the most economical tooth replacement solution
- Can last for several years with good oral hygiene
Implant supported restorations
For patients seeking a longer lasting restoration with more convenient oral hygiene, dental implants are usually a better solution. An implant acts as an artificial tooth root. It is surgically placed in the jawbone, and provides a solid foundation for the tooth replacement. Depending on the number of missing teeth, one or several implants may be used. They can be topped with specially designed crowns, bridges, or dentures.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Supported by the jawbone, so there is no alteration to remaining teeth
- Replacing the tooth root helps keep the jawbone healthy
- With good oral health, implants can last a lifetime