If you have missing teeth, here’s a bit of good news: there are many life-like replacement options available. More treatment options means better choice for patients to find the solution that fits their health needs, aesthetic goals and budget. Dr. Richard Van Gurp is one of the most highly skilled cosmetic dentists in Charlotte, NC, offering a wide range of treatments for replacing missing teeth.
Which Is The Best Treatment For Missing Teeth?
The primary options for replacing missing teeth are: dental bridges, implants and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages. Dr. Van Gurp can help you choose which treatment is right for you.
- Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Restorations can either be fixed or removable. A fixed bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
- Resin Bonded Bridge A resin bonded bridge, also known as a Maryland bridge, is the often best option for replacing a missing front tooth in young patients who are not yet candidates for dental implants. Dr. Van Gurp uses exceptional materials that mimic the natural look, feel and strength of a natural tooth. He is extremely experienced in matching the color and shape for a natural looking restoration.
- Dental Implants – A dental implant is the most life-like solution for missing teeth. The implant actually integrates with the living bone, fully replacing the tooth at its root. Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option, but they also require the least maintenance. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing tooth as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.
- Denture – A denture is used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth. The denture can either be removable or secured using dental implants. An implant denture is more expensive than a removable denture, but it offers patients a higher quality of life and level of comfort.