How Can I Replace Missing or Damaged Teeth?

Patients of any age can experience tooth loss, a concern that usually affects your oral health as much as your smile. Missing or severely damaged teeth can not only make chewing difficult, but tooth loss is also associated with bone loss, the shifting of surrounding teeth, gum recession, and even changes in your facial appearance, among other issues. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry have made it possible to replace an absent or impaired tooth with excellent results. At South River Dentistry, our Richmond dentists can recover your smile by replacing any number of teeth, from a single tooth to an entire dental arch.

Dental implants are considered the go-to solution for missing teeth by a majority of dentists, with the restoration anchored securely into the jawbone for a natural look and feel. Dental implants are intended to last as long as your natural teeth and can remain in good condition simply through routine oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing. Many people gravitate towards dental implants for the security and long-lasting results provided by the treatment.

However, if you desire a less invasive tooth replacement, Dr. Jeff Blackburn and Dr. Chang (Kevin) Hun Lee also offer dental bridges—a custom-designed restoration that is attached to healthy teeth on either side of a gap. This prosthesis is crafted to match the color of surrounding teeth for a result that fits comfortably and blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. For the right candidate, dental bridges can restore the form and function of one or several missing teeth without the need for oral surgery or bone support.

Finally, dentures or partial dentures can be fabricated to rehabilitate a complete dental arch, or several teeth in a row. Fastened to the gums with an adhesive, dentures are the least invasive replacement option and can effectively restore the ability to chew and speak properly. We even offer an upgrade to traditional dentures in the form of implant dentures, a treatment that uses dental implants to affix the prosthesis securely in the mouth. This enhanced stability often allows patients to eat tougher foods, as well as chew and speak with more confidence.

Our experienced dentists can help you determine which treatment is the best solution to replace your missing teeth. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to South River Dentistry today.

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