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Dental Care for Adults and Children
One way to replace a missing tooth is with a bridge. Bridges have been done successfully for many years. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are crowned and a false tooth is connected to the two crowns. This false tooth is suspended just above the gum and gives the illusion that it is actually coming out of the gum. The crowns that hold the false tooth are then cemented to the supporting teeth. Therefore the bridge is fixed in place so the patient never removes it.
A newer way to replace missing teeth is with implant crowns. A surgeon carefully places an implant into the missing tooth site and then when the time is right, we build a special crown that is fastened only to the implant. An advantage of implant crowns is that we normally do not alter the adjacent natural teeth in any way. So if the adjacent teeth have no dental problems and you choose to do an implant rather than a bridge, the adjacent natural teeth do not need to be reduced in size and covered with crowns.
When replacing multiple missing teeth, partial dentures are sometimes the treatment of choice. When designing a partial denture, some of the remaining natural teeth are slightly modified and then careful impressions are taken. The final result is a framework that grips onto your remaining teeth and also supports multiple prosthetic denture teeth. The partial denture sits on or just above your gums.