When missing two or more teeth along an arch, we can restore your smile using a dental bridge. Consisting of two dental crowns that rest on top of altered abutment teeth, the remainder of the restoration includes pontics or artificial teeth that sit atop the gums. Not only does this fill in the gap left behind by missing teeth, but it also allows for improved bite force and greater clarity when speaking to others. With ample care, a dental bridge can last up to a decade or more.
When faced with many or an entire arch of missing teeth, full and partial dentures might just be the right solution for you. Made from acrylic, their gum-colored bases serve as a foundation for artificial teeth. While partials include metal clasps that attach to natural teeth to help hold the prosthetic in place, full dentures rely solely on your natural suction and denture adhesive.
The most superior form of tooth replacement is dental implants. While more complex cases are handled by an oral surgeon outside our office, Dr. Walker can also place and restore these titanium posts that exist beneath the gumline. When fused with the bone, they create a solid foundation for your customized restoration (i.e., dental crown, bridge, or denture). And because of their permanent placement, they are capable of lasting 30 years or more.
Ryan A Walker DDS
1092 Valhi Blvd, Houma, LA 70360