Restorative dentistry is one of our specialties at Thompson & Frey in Owensboro. When our patients want information about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and dental implants.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.
Tooth Implants Replace the Root and Crown
Dental implants are also popular and in many ways are a better choice. A dental implant is a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a strong and stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then placed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields excellent results.
Preserving Facial Contour
Both of these tooth replacements keep or restore facial contour and permit you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, as well.
Call Thompson & Frey in Owensboro to find our more about restorative dentistry.
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