Have you lost a tooth due to an accident? Are you missing full arches of teeth? If you are missing one or more teeth, we recommend dental implants and implant-secured restorations. Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that we place beneath the gums. Over time, the implants fuse with the jaw bone tissue underneath the gums. Implants create a stable foundation for crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. Dr. Jim Furgurson provides options for patients with missing teeth in Chapel Hill, NC. He has experience providing restorative dental care to his patients. Dr. Furgurson is also a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the world’s largest implant organization.
Missing Teeth in Chapel Hill, NC
Learn about each of your options for replacing missing teeth:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
When patients are missing a single tooth, we may recommend dental implants secured by a dental crown. After Dr. Furgurson places the implant, it will fuse into the bone tissue, creating a stable foundation for your final restoration. There are multiple advantages to implant restorations. With the right care, implants can become a permanent part of your smile. Dental implants can also help prevent further bone loss or the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Because implants are capped off with crowns, they blend in with the shape and shade of natural teeth. We customize the crowns to look and feel natural.
Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are secured by adjacent teeth that are capped off by dental crowns. However, traditional bridges do not support the gum or bone tissue left in the missing tooth sockets. For implant-secured dental bridges, the dental bridge relies on the support of dental implants instead of natural teeth. Patients who choose implant bridges can improve the structure of their face and jaw, making it more comfortable to speak and eat. Implant-supported dental bridges create a healthier, long-lasting restoration without the need for frequent repairs or replacement.
Like dental bridges, traditional dentures do not fully support the health of the teeth or gums. Removable traditional dentures typically use messy adhesives to stay in place. However, the denture can still slip around the mouth. Patients who wear removable dentures also may have dietary restrictions. All On Four dentures are one of the best options for patients missing one or more arches of missing teeth. The All On Four utilizes strategically placed dental implants to secure a hybrid denture. This solution supports the full functionality of the bite so patients can eat the foods they love comfortably.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
It is important to replace missing teeth before you experience problems like tooth decay, shifting teeth, or overcrowding. Restore your smile at Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. If you are a new patient, call 919.736.6175. Current patients may call 919.251.9313. Request a dental appointment with Dr. Furgurson on our website. Please let Dr. Furgurson know if you have any further questions or concerns. He will always be happy to help you get the answers you need.