As we age, so do our teeth. For one reason or another, such as tooth decay, injury or gum disease, we can lose our natural teeth and need other options to maintain our health and appearance. We offer several options to restore your smile and increase your comfort. Give us a call to learn how we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.


Another alternative to dentures or bridges when looking to fill in for missing teeth are dental implants. Dental implants are thought of as artificial tooth roots because they are placed in the jawbone and bond with your natural bone to hold an artificial tooth or crown. Implants provide a sturdy, permanent base for the tooth and are custom made to fit your mouth and shape of your natural teeth.

Advantages of Implants

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. Because they become permanent, they easily become part of your normal lifestyle. They naturally fill in the empty spaces in your mouth and jawline, supporting your facial features to prevent premature sagging or shifting of other teeth.

With implants comes overall comfort. Unlike dentures, implants have no discomfort, and no difficulty with eating, as the implants function much like normal teeth. Aside from physical comfort, you can also expect renewed self-confidence. Implants give you the complete smile you’re looking to achieve, and can have a positive impact on self-esteem, especially if this was an original concern for you prior to dental treatment.

Because implants are sturdy, you can feel confident in speaking clearly without worry of teeth potentially slipping, unlike with dentures. Implants near the front of the mouth are especially helpful for enunciating certain sounds and give you overall peace of mind that you’ll have no slip-ups.

Implants give you the added convenience that dentures, bridges and other dental treatments can’t. For example, implants eliminate the need for adhesives to keep teeth in place, as well as eliminate the awkward moments of having to remove/reinsert your dentures. On top of this, receiving implants removes the need to reduce other teeth because implants stand on their own. Your natural teeth are typically left intact and it’s still very easy to keep up with your oral hygiene routine.

We’d love to speak with you more about the process and help create a dental treatment plan that works best for you and your needs. Depending on your insurance provider and circumstance, dental insurance providers may be able to cover some or all of the cost of restorative dentistry. If this is something that you’re looking into, please give us a call. We are here to walk you through every step of the process!


A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth that fills in the gap for any tooth or teeth that are missing. It typically consists of two or more crowns that are placed on either side of the space where you have missing teeth. They are very sturdy and often look and feel like your natural teeth.

Why do I need a bridge for missing teeth?

Your teeth work together to maintain their alignment. When one tooth is missing, the teeth around it can start to shift and change alignment, changing the shape of your face and jawline, as well as eventually causing pain.

How is a bridge placed?

Depending on the current structure of your teeth, your dentist may either place a fixed bridge or an implant-supported bridge. If the existing teeth around the area where your tooth is missing are structurally sound, your dentist can use those existing teeth to place your bridge. This involves preparing your teeth on both sides of the gap, making an impression of the space and then going through the process of fitting and attaching your bridge. This often takes more than one dental visit. If your surrounding teeth are not able to support a bridge, your dentist may opt for an implant-supported bridge, where dental implants are placed into the jaw to hold your bridge.

How do I take care of my bridge?

After dental treatment, you will receive all the information you need to prevent any complications with your bridge. Like most dental treatments, you can care for your bridge by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, being careful to clean between your teeth and under the bridge. This, paired with your regular dental visits, can help maintain the structure of your bridge, as well as help you keep a healthy smile.


Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and smile restoration. If you’ve lost all or most of your natural teeth, dentures make it much easier to speak, smile and eat. Dentures also help fill in the features of your face — When you have teeth missing, facial muscles can start to sag from lack of support. Dentures replace the missing support to prevent sagging and help you carry on a normal life. There are several types of dentures available depending on your particular needs.

Partial Dentures

If there are one or more natural teeth intact on the upper or lower jawline, partial dentures are an option as opposed to complete dentures.

Partial dentures are removable replacement teeth that are typically attached to a gum-colored base, with some sort of framework to hold the dentures in the mouth. This fills the space of any missing teeth, preventing the intact teeth from shifting, and gives support to facial muscles.

There are several different types of partial dentures, made with different materials. We will walk with you through the process to discuss your options and choose a treatment plan that works best for you, your teeth and your lifestyle.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a full set placed once all teeth are missing/removed. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate.

Conventional dentures are placed once all teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has had time to heal. This method can take up to several months before finally being placed, but requires less of an adjustment period because the gums have had time to heal.

Immediate dentures are placed on the same day that any remaining teeth have been removed. This lets you leave the same day with a full set of teeth, and prevents you from having to be without teeth during a long healing period. However, these dentures will require more adjustment and alignment over time as your jaw and gums heal.

Dentures will take time to get used to once they are placed for the first time, but after an adjustment period, you’ll be able to resume your normal lifestyle. They look extremely similar to natural teeth, so there won’t be a drastic change in appearance after denture placement.


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