A bridge is a option for filling in the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically.
The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and esthetics. All bridges will look like a tooth and have the same color and shade as a tooth. A bridge uses adjacent teeth as anchors and span across the missing tooth area.
It is important that missing tooth be replaces as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating biting and esthetic problems.
A bridge can span one missing tooth to covering an area of several missing teeth so long as there are adequate anchor teeth. Bridges can also cover back teeth as well as front teeth.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures replace all teeth that have become lost due to bone loss or tooth decay. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly with dentures.
Multiple appointments are needed to make a new denture correctly. Impressions, bite and try in appointments are needed to verify that the denture will fit when delivered.
Upper dentures are the easier denture to make. It is a full plate and fits on gums and the roof of the mouth.We can make denture teeth any shape and shade giving a younger but natural look.
As for the lower dentures which are horseshoe shaped, they are more difficult to manage. The tongue and floor of the mouth constantly try to "kick" it out. The embarrassing coughing up your teeth when at a lunch with your friends scenario is too common.
With dental implants Dr. Huxford can securely attach a lower and upper denture to the mouth where no denture adhesive is needed. Dr. Huxford uses Camlog implants to make your denture more permenent. For more information about Camlog implants, please click here.
Gum recontouring reshapes the gums so that they better drape over the teeth and properly frame the patient's smile. The procedure is rather simple and is done in our Rivergate Dental Care office in Goodlettsville. Using both gingivoplasty and gingivectomy the gums are sculpted to better frame the teeth shown in the patient's smile. The whole procedure can be completed in one single visit.
First, Dr. Huxford will ensure that your gum tissue is in a healthy state or assist you in getting it into a healthy state so that there is a minimum of inflammation. Once your gums are tight and pink, Dr. Huxford will evaluate the contours of the tissue, apply a local anesthetic and then, with a diode laser, gently re-shape the gum line, sculpting excessive and uneven tissue. The laser immediately seals the tissue, promoting a fast, comfortable recuperation.