Missing teeth are a common dental concern that many people will face at some point in their lifetime. Missing teeth are more than just cosmetic concerns, but will also affect the overall functionality of your smile. If you are currently missing one or more teeth, Dr. Matthew Harrison and his dental team can help you find the right treatment for you.
During your consultation, Dr. Harrison will evaluate your smile and determine which tooth replacement method is best for you. Our office offers a wide range of restorative options for replacing missing teeth. We will work with you to ensure your tooth restoration meets your budgetary and lifestyle goals.
Replacing Missing Teeth in Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Matthew Harrison is an experienced and highly trained restorative dentist in Charlottesville, VA. During your consultation, he will evaluate all aspects of your smile and the impact it has had from your missing teeth. From there, he will be able to recommend a restorative dentistry treatment plan that will best meet your needs.
Your treatment plan may include a variety of tooth restorations using the latest techniques and high-quality materials. We use advanced digital imagery to provide a thorough analysis of your oral health and to design a new smile that gives you the best possible outcome.
A dental bridge is an oral appliance that Dr. Harrison can secure to replace a missing tooth or two. This tooth replacement option relies on the support of surrounding teeth to bridge the gap of the missing tooth. A bridge is a single dental restoration that is made up of two dental crowns and the pontic.
The crowns are located on both sides with the pontic (the replacement tooth) located in the middle. Typically two teeth that are adjacent to the gap are used to hold the bridge firmly in place. Dr. Harrison will cement the crowns the these adjacent teeth to hold the prosthetic tooth in the empty space.
Dental implants are surgically implanted tooth restorations that offer patients the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Most implant restorations are made up of three parts including a titanium post that an oral surgeon will insert into the jaw. As it heals, the post will fuse together with your jawbone.
This is how the dental restoration is able to function just like a real tooth. He will replace a single tooth with a dental crown that is supported by a dental implant. If you have multiple missing teeth, he will use a denture or dental bridge to replace them.
Dr. Harrison has advanced training in implant dentistry and is able to provide all aspects of the dental implant restoration process in our Charlottesville office. He works with patients who need to replace teeth to develop a personalized treatment plan using dental implants to re-create a naturally functioning smile.
Dentures & Partials
For patients missing all or most of an arch of teeth, we offer custom dentures and partials. Dentures and partials are designed in a dental laboratory from measurements of your mouth.
Once Dr. Harrison designs the denture and the lab makes it, we will ensure that it fits in your mouth properly. We will also show you how to properly care for it. If you qualify, we will recommend securing the denture with dental implants.