How can we help you?
At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers.
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Patients who are living with one or multiple missing teeth might benefit from a dental bridge. A dental bridge utilizes crowns that attach to healthy teeth and serve as anchors for prosthetic teeth that are adjacent.
Benefits of a Bridge
Dr. Buxton will customize your bridge to blend with your smile flawlessly. Your bridge will also help restore functions such as chewing that are difficult with missing teeth. Keeping your anchor teeth clean with consistent brushing and flossing is the key to ensuring longevity with your bridge. Combining a good home care routine with regular dental checkups will help your bridge last for 12 to 15 years.
Dental implants can also support a bridge, which is ideal for patients missing multiple teeth. Implant crowns act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth, while they also help to keep your bone stimulated, which provides better longevity.
We Can Help!
Dr. Buxton can help determine if a dental bridge is right for your needs during a consultation. There may be other options that can restore you smile, and Dr. Buxton will take the time to discuss your needs and goals with you. Give our Bangor, Maine office a call today to arrange a convenient time for your consultation.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering which tooth replacement option is the best for your case. The answer depends on your current state of oral health and your preferences when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Bridges, partials, and dental implants are some of the tooth replacement solutions that we offer.
A dental bridge is used to close the gap left by a missing tooth by suspending a replacement tooth in between the two teeth on either side of the gap. This form of tooth replacement makes your smile look more consistent, stabilizes your bite, and prevents teeth from shifting.
You may want to consider a partial denture if you have multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will design your removable partial to meet your needs. They're made from a gum-colored plastic material and appear natural and discreet. Your partial will let you chew and smile again in comfort.
One or more dental implants can also be used to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are placed in the bone of your jaw using a titanium base and a lifelike crown that is visible above the gum line. The crown is attached to the base using an abutment piece. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, the bone in your jaw needs to be healthy enough to support your implant. If you have poor bone density, this condition does not necessarily rule out the possibility of dental implant surgery in the future. Dental implants are very functional and look so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the difference between the implant and your other teeth!
The best way to determine what tooth replacement option is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with your Maine Family Dental Practice Dentist. Your caring and knowledgeable dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, listen to your questions and concerns, and design an appropriate tooth replacement plan for you! Contact us today!