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Multiple Missing Teeth – Lacey, WA

No More Gaps

person wearing bracesDental implants in Lacey, WA, are an extremely versatile tooth replacement solution. At Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of professionals understands that when multiple teeth are missing, it can not only hinder an individual’s oral health but also their aesthetic. Gaps within a person’s smile can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention the potential for additional health problems. This is why Drs. Peterson and Cammack are pleased to offer dental implants as a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth and restore smiles. To learn more about this innovative solution, or to find out if you are qualified for this type of treatment, contact us today!

What Are Some Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options?

computer model of braces on teethIf you are looking for a less invasive solution to replace your missing teeth, there are a few ways to accomplish this:

Dental Crown & Bridge

Used to replace one or more consecutive teeth on a row, it consists of three or more fused crowns that are cemented over two natural, healthy teeth. Before placement, your dentist in Lacey, WA, will alter the teeth on both sides of the gap to ensure a proper fit. Once it is put into place, the crowns on the interior of the bridge will sit on top of the gums, creating the look of a fully restored smile.

Partial Dentures

Have multiple missing teeth that are not next to each but instead spread out along an arch? Partial dentures are a viable solution, as they work much like a puzzle piece. Using clasps or clips to hold them in place, the restoration will be custom-made the blend in with the rest of your smile.

Full Dentures

If all your teeth are missing along the top or bottom row, or both, you can request full dentures. These customized prosthetics are designed by lab technicians with artificial teeth sitting atop a gum-colored base. Made to fit comfortably within your mouth, your natural suction will help to keep them in place. However, most patients opt to use dental adhesive for added security.

The Dental Implant Process

person smiling and holding their hand to their cheekShould you opt for dental implants to replace your missing teeth, Drs. Peterson and Cammack will begin by evaluating your smile to determine if you are a qualified candidate. If there proves to be enough jawbone stability, they will schedule your implant placement procedure. If not, you may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift before receiving implants.

Once you are ready to undergo implant placement, the oral surgeon will make small incisions along your jawbone and place the appropriate number of implants, making sure to position them carefully and correctly to ensure a proper fit once the restoration is in place.

After spending several months allowing your gums to heal and your implants to fuse with your jawbone and surrounding tissues, you will return to have your custom-made implant bridge put into place.

Benefits of Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics

person smiling and sitting against a wooden wall

  • Greater oral health because of the continued stimulation to the jawbone
  • Improved appearance and boost in confidence
  • Easier to clean and maintain than traditional prosthetics
  • Longer-lasting restoration that doesn’t require relining or replacing
  • No chance for decay
  • Fewer food restrictions because your artificial teeth will look, feel, and function like natural, regular teeth