According to the American College of Prosthodontists, an estimated 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Having gaps in your smile can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks, like eating and speaking, making life much less enjoyable. Fortunately, Dr. Thomas offers several custom-tailored options to replace missing teeth for Burien, WA dental patients, so you don’t have to deal with the hassles and embarrassment that comes with spaces in your grin.
Dental bridges are prosthetics specially made to replace one or more teeth missing in a row. They literally bridge the gap in your smile by being anchored to the two natural teeth on either side of it. The dental crowns on both ends of the bridge are fused to free-standing replacement teeth called pontics. Once the crowns are secured and the bridge is in place, you’ll have a complete arch of teeth again.
Whether you’re missing several or all of your teeth along an arch, you can likely benefit from dentures. They come in two styles depending on your needs: full and partials. Both prosthetics have a gum-colored acrylic base that supports natural-looking ceramic replacement teeth. The primary difference is that full dentures utilize the strength of natural suction to stay secured to the gums, while partial dentures are designed to fit like a puzzle piece between your remaining teeth. Once placed in your mouth, both of them give you a full and functional smile.
For our patients who are looking for a more durable, stable, and long-lasting solution to reverse tooth loss, we offer dental implants. This modern tooth replacement does something that no other one can, which is restore the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots! Not only does this allow them to prevent jawbone deterioration and preserve your facial shape, but they also feel and look completely natural. To learn more about the treatment process, click the link below.