The primary options for replacing missing teeth are: dental bridges, implants, and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages. Chapel Hill dentist, Dr. James Furgurson can help you choose which treatment is right for you.
A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The bridge can be either removable (flipper teeth) or fixed. A fixed bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
Dental implants are a more permanent solution for missing teeth. The implant actually replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option, but they also require the least maintenance. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing tooth as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.
Dr. Furgurson is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, demonstrating his commitment to providing the highest level of care for dental implant patients. In many cases, Dr. Furgurson can complete the entire procedure in his Chapel Hill dentist office. For other cases, he may work with a local specialist to complete the surgical phase of treatment and carry out the implant restoration in his office.
A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. The denture can either be removable or secured using dental implants. An implant denture is more expensive than a removable denture, but it offers patients a higher quality of life and level of comfort.