According to the American Academy of Prosthodontists, an estimated 178 million people in the nation have lost at least one tooth and about 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Having gaps in your smile can impact your day-to-day life drastically by making it difficult to do basic tasks like chew food and by causing your self-confidence to dwindle. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care, we use beautiful, natural-looking materials to customized dental restorations to replace missing teeth in our Flint, MI dental office and improve your smile and life.
If you’re missing several consecutive teeth and, as a result, have a large gap in your smile, you can benefit from one of our custom dental bridges. This restoration is crafted from two dental crowns that are attached to either side of free-standing replacement teeth, also known as pontics. The crowns are secured to your two natural teeth on either side of the gap, holding the bridge in place and restoring the full function of your grin.
If you’re missing several or all of your teeth along an arch, you may be able to benefit from our full or partial dentures. These are structured differently, due to the fact that they each serve different purposes. Partial dentures consist of a strategically designed metal or acrylic foundation that fits around your existing teeth to hold the replacements in place. Full dentures are professionally designed to utilize the natural suction in your mouth to secure an entire arch of replacement teeth and complete your smile.
Our team is able to replace any number of teeth with a modern, advanced technique known as implant-retained restorations. We’ll surgically place a titanium implant below your gumline to restore the missing root of your tooth and hold your restoration firmly and permanently in place. That way, you can enjoy a natural feeling and looking tooth replacement along with a variety of additional unique benefits, like jawbone preservation.