Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you self-conscious of your smile? Dr. Scott Finlay and his professional team offer restorative treatments for missing teeth. These solutions balance out your smile and benefit your oral health.
Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth can offer multiple benefits to patients. Creating a more balanced smile also means a balanced bite. Bite pressure is spread out more evenly when teeth are replaced. Adjacent natural teeth can also benefit, as preserving the bone structure improves overall oral health.
Filling the gaps left by missing teeth also prevents further problems, including:
- Shifting teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
- Facial sagging
- Speech issues
- Loose teeth
Restorative Treatment Options
Dr. Finlay provides multiple restorative options to patients in his Annapolis office. Before treatment, he will assess your oral health while taking your budget and goals into consideration. Based on these factors, he will help you choose an option that works for you.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone. Over a healing period of 3 to 6 months, the post will fuse to the bone tissue. After it is securely in the mouth, the post is then topped with an abutment and permanent dental crown. Many patients may often forget that they have dental implants because they look and feel natural.
Dental crowns are used to cover dental implants and are also used for other restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures (teeth-in-a-day). Dr. Finlay uses dental crowns crafted from porcelain because they are durable and reflect light for a more natural-looking end result.
Patients with multiple missing teeth can benefit from dental bridges. Dental bridges can be fixed or removable. Zirconia is used as a base for dental bridges because they are tooth-colored and blend in with existing teeth. Tooth preparation as well as a solid tooth structure are needed for this restoration.
Whole arches of teeth can be replaced with this treatment option. With teeth-in-a-day, teeth are removed and replaced in one office visit. Teeth are replaced with a denture that is secured with dental implants. Patients who receive dentures find that they can bite and chew with ease again.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want a more balanced smile? Call Dr. Finlay and his team today at (410) 989-7132. You can also schedule an appointment online here.