Which Tooth Replacement is Right for You? The Chapel Hill Dental Implants Dentist Explains Your Options

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2018-04-24

The loss of a tooth can be a devastating event in your life. Whether it’s the result of an accident or neglect, the impact is the same; your confidence suffers because you have lost a part of you that you assumed you’d have for a long time.

Beyond that, though, tooth loss also significantly your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. You find yourself skipping nutritious foods like fresh veggies for foods that aren’t as healthy but easier to chew.

But the Chapel Hill dental implants dentist offers many options for replacing missing teeth and regaining functionality. From partial dentures to full dental implants, we can restore your smile and your life.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a prosthetic that is designed to fill the space left by a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is suspended on either side by crowns that we attach to adjacent teeth. A bridge will restore function and conceal the empty space.

Full or Partial Dentures

Partial dentures continue to be a reliable tooth replacement option that works well for many people. Our dentist recommends partials in cases where several or all teeth are missing, and they are designed to fit in and around existing teeth.

Full dentures are recommended when most or all teeth are missing. Today we design natural-looking dentures that fit comfortably and restore much of the function lost with missing teeth.

Dental Implants

If you’re looking for the replacement that looks, feels, and functions most like a natural tooth, dental implants may be the perfect option. Implants are rooted in your jaw, so they offer stability and can be used for any of the above replacement methods. We can also use implants as a standalone tooth replacement when restored with a dental crown.

Call the Chapel Hill Dental Implants Dentist

Dr. Diane Hourigan has extensive experience in restoring dental implants with beautiful, functional restorations. If you are concerned about missing teeth, please call our Chapel Hill, NC dental office to arrange a consultation.