Tooth decay, gum disease, and other factors contribute to tooth loss. As these conditions begin to develop, they are often accompanied by a number of other health issues, as well. This is why it is important that the moment you experience tooth loss, you begin to look at the different options available to you.
Here at Dr. Scott Szatkowski's offices in Melrose Park and Elk Grove Village, IL, we offer a number of tooth replacement options, including:
Fixed Dental Bridge
This is an effective replacement option if you are missing a tooth or two that are located in the same area of your mouth. A fixed bridge is a solution for closing gaps of missing teeth through a dental prosthetic or the use of artificial teeth. The artificial tooth will be attached to adjacent teeth by bonding it in place with dental cement. A fixed dental bridge provides the benefit of having a tooth replacement that has a natural look and feel.
Just like the fixed dental bridge, this is a solution that allows you to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The difference is that dental implants allow you to replace missing teeth in different areas, and due to being surgically placed into the jawbone, they are permanent additions to your smile that stimulate bone growth.
With implants, the replacement tooth is almost undetectable as it has a natural look. They can likewise last for a long time and do not require adjacent teeth to attach to. To determine whether you’re eligible for dental implants, you can consult with a dentist in either our Melrose Park or Elk Grove Village, IL, office.
Removable Partial Dentures
If you have only a couple of missing teeth, another available replacement option is removable partial dentures. With this solution, a dental appliance that has the replacement teeth will be connected to a pinkish base to give it a natural look.
The plastic denture base will be held and stabilized through the support of your natural teeth. Likewise, some removable partial dentures may have a clasp to adjoin it to the natural teeth. To achieve that natural look, the color of the base is matched to that of your gums. The same is done with the color of the replacement teeth. Just like other options for replacing missing teeth, it can deliver a natural look and feel in your mouth.
Ready to Rebuild Your Smile? We Can Help
Whether you need dentures, bridges, or dental implants, Dr. Scott Szatkowski can evaluate your specific circumstances and recommend the best treatment for you. Call our Elk Grove Village, IL, office at (847) 437-8366 or our Melrose Park, IL, office at (708) 450-4533 for more details.