The loss of natural dental structure can understandably be devastating, whether it’s a single gap, an entire row, or any number of teeth in-between. At South Ridge Dental, we want you to know that you don’t have to settle for a smile that isn’t entirely whole. Dr. Ryan Shaffer and Dr. Steven Shaffer can help you explore our available options to replace missing teeth with our Lincoln, NE dentist and determine which one best fits your available budget, goals, and personal preferences. No matter what you choose, the end goals will be the same – better oral health, easier chewing, and plenty of new confidence.
Maybe the tooth you lost is in the back of your mouth and out of sight. What’s the big deal if you simply let the space stay? While this option is certainly the most economically friendly, our Lincoln team gently advises against it. If natural teeth are missing for prolonged periods of time with no replacement, the surrounding teeth can start to shift out of place as a result, altering your bite and potentially causing discomfort. Your jawbone will also start to deteriorate without the stimulation of a healthy tooth root, which will become more and more noticeable in your appearance over the years.
Are you missing one or more teeth that used to appear next to each other? If so, dental bridges are a great way to literally “bridge” the gap they’ve left in your smile. This sturdy style of prosthetic fits within the gap and is then anchored in place with the support of dental crowns that are attached to the healthy adjacent teeth on both sides. At South Ridge Dental, we also offer implant-retained bridges, which are anchored within the smile using modern dental implants to provide a healthier, more permanent fit.
While it isn’t possible to turn back time for any natural teeth that have been lost, replacing them with dental implants is the next best option. This modern reconstructive service goes a big step beyond traditional prosthetics, faithfully replicating the entire structure of the original tooth – including the root that’s entirely hidden beneath the gum line. The final result is virtually indistinguishable from the natural dental structure in every way that matters, including aesthetics, function, and overall feel. Your newly completed smile will thrive for decades!
Oftentimes, dentures are the most straightforward way to bring back multiple missing teeth at once. A partial denture is designed to seamlessly fill the gaps created by missing teeth, while a full denture brings back an entire arch of pearly whites simultaneously. For additional stability and longevity, our patients can opt for an implant denture, which is secured onto dental implants rather than resting on the gums or clasping to remaining teeth.