No matter where the gaps are in your mouth, missing teeth have to be replaced. An empty space in the front is embarrassing and interferes with your ability to speak. Missing teeth in the back can affect the way you eat — and any tooth loss leads to jawbone degeneration and an increased risk for more missing teeth later on. Learn about your options in tooth replacement from the Dr. Barry Franzen, the cosmetic dentist Milwaukee recommends.
Know Your Options in Tooth Replacement Milwaukee
You’ve got several choices for replacing your teeth. Which is right for you? Find out below.
Dr. Franzen is your dental implant specialist in Milwaukee. Tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your gum, dental implants provide a prosthetic root to stabilize your tooth replacement. That keeps the jawbone healthy and prevents further tooth loss. The recovery period for dental implants is long — about six months — but patients who choose this option in tooth replacement agree: it’s worth the wait. Nothing replaces a tooth as completely as a dental implant.
Dentures can be used to replace one, several or a complete row of missing teeth. Additionally, full or partial dentures can be supported by dental implants, or not. Non-implant supported dentures are a more economical option, but are not as good for oral health. That’s because without a prosthetic root, the jawbone will degenerate and change shape over time. Implant-supported dentures offer the most secure fit, and are the best for your mouth health, too.
Crown and Bridge
A bridge replaces one or several missing teeth by creating an actual bridge, using the surrounding natural teeth as anchors. A crown is placed on each of the surrounding teeth, and a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) securely fills the gap. Bridges are a fine option in tooth replacement that keep the surrounding teeth from sliding out of place.
A comprehensive solution for severely damaged teeth, full-mouth reconstructions help Dr. Franzen to address all areas of concern. Your unique treatment plan may include a combination of the above treatments, or something else to repair old dental work, remove decay or replace missing teeth. Whatever it is your smile needs, you can feel confident knowing Dr. Franzen will only recommend solutions that are right for you.
Schedule Your Appointment With the Milwaukee Dentist Today
If you’re interested in learning which tooth replacement option you’re an excellent candidate for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Franzen’s office. He and his team have been helping Milwaukee-area residents achieve their best smiles for decades — isn’t it your turn, now? Call Dr. Franzen today!