If you’ve suffered the loss of a tooth due to disease, decay, or oral trauma, there are multiple different options for you to get your smile back and looking as good as new! At Gentle Dental Maine, we provide our patients with various strong, sturdy, and long lasting tooth replacement options! In this article, we’ll go over the different tooth replacement options that are available to you!
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is used to replace a natural tooth that has been lost or severely decayed. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, making them one of the most popular tooth replacement options. The dental implant procedure is relatively quick & painless, and has a few main components. Implants are made up of a titanium screw that fuses to your jaw bone, a connecting piece or “abutment”, and a crown that looks and feels just like a real tooth. The dental implant procedure can be completed in as little as one day and they can last up to thirty years! Click here to learn more about dental implants!
Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap between two natural teeth. Dental bridges are a perfect solution for patients that have lost one or more teeth in a row. Dental bridges not only work great for cosmetic purposes, but they also will restore your ability to eat, drink, and speak without any pain or challenges. Dental bridges typically last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, but can last for longer if they are taken care of properly with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Learn more about dental bridges by clicking here!
Denture technology has come a long way and they are no longer solely for elderly people! Dentures are an excellent solution for patients with multiple missing or severely damaged teeth from trauma or decay. Dentures will fully restore the look and functionality of your teeth, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile without any difficulty or pain! Dentures are highly customized using molds of your mouth, making them fit perfectly. Much like with natural teeth, oral hygiene is important with dentures: be sure to softly brush your gums twice per day and use a denture cleaning solution! Learn more about dentures by clicking here!
Contact Gentle Dental Maine!
If you have any questions about tooth replacement options or are considering a restorative dental procedure, contact Gentle Dental Maine! Our family dentists specialize in general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry services at each of our offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham. Give us a call at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out the new patient form on our website!