Do you have teeth missing? Smile Solutions of Maine has tooth replacement solutions, and our qualified dentists can help you find the right option for your mouth. Missing teeth can cause problems in your self-confidence, your ability to chew, and your facial structure. We can provide you with teeth that look natural, restore the function of your missing teeth, and help you feel and look your best. Keep reading to learn more about restorative dentistry and specific tooth replacement options available in Waterville and Winthrop, Maine.
An Overview of Our Restorative Dental Services
Restorative dentistry includes the procedures and treatments used to repair broken or damaged teeth. These treatments are filling cavities, covering a damaged tooth with a dental crown, creating a dental bridge to fill in gaps in your mouth, and surgically placing dental implants into your mouth. The goal is to restore the function of your teeth for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Among our restorative dental services, we have several tooth replacement options to help people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, tooth decay, gum disease, or some other reason.
Teeth Replacement Options at Smile Solutions of Maine
One of these options could be the right solution for your smile:
A dental crown is a cap that covers a severely damaged tooth. Instead of extracting the problem tooth and replacing it completely, you may be able to restore its function with a crown. Our dental crowns are custom fabricated for a precise fit, natural tooth color, and long-lasting durability. The crown protects the damaged tooth from further damage, and it acts just like a natural tooth, so you won’t be able to notice the difference. Your dentist can tell you if a dental crown is a viable option for you.
A dental bridge consists of replacement teeth fixed to a metal structure that spans (or bridges) a gap in your mouth. The bridge is attached to the natural teeth at both sides of the gap and cemented into place. We customize your replacement teeth to match your natural teeth, so nothing will look out of place when you smile. A dental bridge is designed to be very strong, lasting for many years. You’ll be able to use it for chewing, and the bridge helps keep your remaining teeth in their correct places, preventing shifting and bone loss. The bridge does depend on the supporting teeth, so if anything happens to those teeth, you may need to find a new option.
A dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone. As the implant heals, it bonds with your bone, making a solid base for a replacement tooth or a dental implant bridge. The tooth or bridge of teeth is screwed into the implant abutment. This is a permanent tooth replacement solution, and it is very durable. The dental implant allows you to have replacement teeth that feel and look just like natural teeth. This option requires dental surgery and a lengthy healing time, but the results are phenomenal. Dental implants are best for patients who have a strong facial bone structure.
Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option. Replacement teeth are fixed onto a metal frame that has a gum-colored base. The entire structure fits into your mouth, giving you the look and function of natural teeth. Dentures are removable, and you take them out at night for cleaning. If you are missing all your teeth, we can give you a complete set of dentures. If you have gaps in your smile, we can make you partial dentures to fill in the spaces. We try to make dentures affordable while ensuring you get a customized fit with high-quality replacement teeth that look great in your mouth.
Find Out Which Tooth Replacement Option is Best for You
Our professional dental team will always be honest with you concerning your treatment options. We will tell you which options will be your best option, and which might not suit your particular situation. If you live in the Winthrop and Waterville area and are looking for tooth replacement solutions, please contact us to schedule an appointment. You’ll get personalized care that leads to excellent dental results.