We offer three main types of tooth replacement services, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Additionally, these options can be modified to fit your specific case. Expanded options might include implant-retained dentures, partial dentures, or cantilever bridges.
Dental implants allow for the replacement of one or multiple missing teeth. Implants are made of three main components: the implant “root,” the abutment, and the crown. The entire implant process usually takes 4-6 months to complete. Dr. Khisti does place some implants in-office, although a qualified oral surgeon or periodontist may be recommended in some cases. After the implant has sufficiently integrated into the bone around it, we will then restore the implant by attaching the natural-looking tooth, or teeth, to it. Implant bridges can also be used to replace a series of missing teeth in an arch or quadrant. Implants can also be used to make “snap-on” dentures as well, for better stability.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth by crowning the teeth on either side of a space, with a pontic tooth, or teeth, attached in the middle. Crowning a tooth requires us to remove enamel from all sides and the top of the tooth to allow the entire tooth to be covered. Bridges are a great option to fill a space especially in situations where the teeth on either side of the space have large fillings and would already benefit from being crowned.
Dentures are the most affordable way to replace teeth. Complete dentures serve to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, upper or lower. Partial dentures can replace one or multiple missing teeth, using clasps around the remaining teeth for stability. Dentures are made primarily of acrylic and may or may not have a metal base for a better fit.