Do you have gaps in your smile? Many U.S. adults are missing one or more teeth. You probably already know that missing teeth detract from an attractive smile. You may be self-conscious about your smile. Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Perhaps you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you.
You Don’t Have to Live With Missing Teeth
That’s no way to live. We provide multiple ways to maintain (or regain) your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.
We help hundreds of patients restore missing teeth. If you are interested in tooth restoration (actually, total smile restoration), we invite you to schedule a consultation.
Your consultation will include a treatment plan to restore missing teeth, an outline of the cost of required procedures and a schedule for completing the services.
Dr. Gordon West creates stunning smiles
If you have missing teeth, Dr. Gordon West has solutions.
Since 1998, Dr. West has built a dental practice based on expertise, experience, and a patient-focused philosophy of care.
There have never been as many options for tooth restoration.
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. Aptly named, it “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.
A Tooth Implant Replaces the Root Also
An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth.
With local anesthesia, your dentist anchors the artificial root into the jaw bone. In the following months, it integrates and meshes with the jaw bone tissue.
There are three components of a dental implant: the artificial root or post, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the ideal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, and natural function. In addition, it offers something many patients don’t realize is important: protection from bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.
Traditional and Implant-Supported Dentures
Most men and women have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are tailor-made and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be extracted and a customer denture is created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.
If you still have your teeth but are not comfortable with them, a dental veneer might be a great solution that preserves the healthy tooth structure. Beautiful porcelain veneers can remedy uneven color, oddly sized, or slightly misshapen teeth.
A veneer is a thin shell that your dentist bonds to the front of the teeth. In other words, a dental veneer can upgrade unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.
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