Broken and missing teeth can impact how you speak, the foods you decide to eat, and even how you feel emotionally. A smile that you’re not happy with can dramatically affect your self-esteem.
But did you also know that broken and missing teeth can impact your oral health? It’s true! Missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to slip toward smile openings, which throws off your bite and leads to tooth wear. And broken teeth are at risk for infection or further fracture.
Your dentist in Springfield, IL wants to help.
Options to Replace Missing Teeth
If you have a missing tooth, we offer a few options at Ruggless Dental, including:
- Dental implant restorations
- Dental bridges
- Partial dentures
For dental implants, we refer you to a trusted surgeon for implant placement. This specialist is someone who shares our patient-centered values. After your implant has integrated into your jawbone, we provide your replacement tooth, also called a dental crown.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth between two crowns—one on either side of the restoration. Your dentist caps the healthy teeth to the left and right of the smile gap, and the restoring tooth fills the space.
A partial denture is a prosthetic that contains artificial teeth only in the places where yours are missing. This denture relies on healthy teeth for support, clips, and gravity. Like all of our restorations, it is customized to fit your smile.
Restoring a Worn-Down Tooth
A dental veneer or dental crown are excellent ways to restore a worn-down tooth.
Dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain cemented to the fronts of teeth. They hide many smile flaws, including worn teeth, chips, discoloration, and gummy smiles.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a treated tooth. It is designed to match your smile.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Restorative Dentist in Springfield!
If you’re looking for smile repair and restoration in our area, we would love to hear from you. Reach out to a team member today at (217) 787-0212 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shane Ruggless, DMD.
And ask a member of our team about digital impressions. This technology means no goopy materials for your restoration impressions.