Learn about the ways to replace missing teeth with restorative dentist in Knoxville, TN
At Sequoyah Dental Arts, we encourage patients to ask our team about the benefits of restoring their smile after tooth loss. Our restorative dentists, Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall, provide a variety of ways to replace missing teeth in Knoxville, TN. We offer three methods of replacement – dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.
- Dentures – the most economical way to replace missing teeth is with dentures. Dentures come in two varieties – partial dentures and full dentures. When patients are missing one tooth or several teeth within the arch, a partial denture may be a wonderful solution. Partial dentures have a metal and acrylic framework and can be placed into the dental arch, supported by the existing teeth. Full dentures are made of acrylic and replace the entire arch of teeth, either the top, bottom, or both. Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall provide custom natural-looking full dentures, so patients can feel at ease when they share their smile with others. Dentures can be held in place with natural suction, dental adhesives, or dental implants for optimum stability. Dentures are often covered in part by dental insurance plans, so they can be an affordable solution for many.
- Dental bridges – for patients missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be a viable solution. Dental bridges are made of ceramic and include pontics (fake teeth) fused with dental crowns on each end. The bridge is held in place by the adjacent teeth as support. The bridge restores the appearance and function of the smile. Dental bridges are a fixed option and can last many years with proper care.
- Dental implants – many patients consider dental implants the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. Dental implants are a permanent option for patients who want a no-fuss way to replace teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are created to act as a tooth root replacement. They are placed in the bone of the jaw and then are restored over the top. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth when restored with a porcelain crown over the abutment. Some implants may be used to support a dental bridge, while others are made to fit with full dentures to create an implant-supported denture. These dentures are extremely stable, making them the best option for patients who have struggled with keeping traditional dentures in place along the arch.
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Which tooth replacement option is right for me?
There are many ways to replace missing teeth and we believe each treatment should be customized to best fit the individual patient. Each patient’s situation and lifestyle are unique, meaning that what might be perfect for one patient would not be a great fit for another. The best way to determine which treatment is appropriate is to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Pablo Foncea or Mariko McCall. During this time, the patients will undergo an evaluation to decide which restorative method is best. The evaluation will include talking to the patient about what they would like to achieve with their new dental restorations, whether they want something removable, and how much they plan on spending. By taking these elements into consideration, our team can make an educated decision for a patient and help guide them towards the most appropriate solution. We never choose for our patients, we prefer to give patients the information they need to make a knowledgeable choice.
Schedule an appointment at Sequoyah Dental Arts
Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall of Knoxville, TN are general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists who provide a variety of services to patients who are interested in enhancing the appearance of their smiles while also improving their oral health and wellness. Our team of professionals here at Sequoyah Dental Arts are available for patients who are ready to address tooth loss. Call us at 865 973-9899 and visit the office at 2719 Kingston Pike.