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Replacing missing teeth

Teeth play a huge role in our daily lives through speaking, chewing, and also maintaining the correct alignment of your mouth. Loss of teeth doesn’t necessarily just happen as you age, so if you are at risk of tooth loss or it has already begun, those teeth need to be replaced to maintain the correct function of your mouth and jaw. Missing teeth can put additional stress on remaining teeth and result in a variety of very harmful issues.

The good news is that there are many options for fixing tooth loss, such as dental implants, dental bridges, and full or partial dentures.


A dental bridge is used to replace your missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to the adjacent or abutment teeth. This fixed bridge is made by placing crowns on the abutment teeth for support or by bonding a fake tooth, or pontic, directly to the adjacent teeth. Bridges can be made of many different materials including porcelain, gold, or a combination of the two.

The fitting of a dental bridge takes just a couple of appointments at Short Pump Family Dentistry. Dr. Tse first prepares teeth on either side of the place where the missing tooth is, by taking away a small bit of enamel and dentin. As dental bridges must be precisely constructed to make sure that a correct bite is created, impressions of the teeth are made and sent off to a lab. A temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth to protect the teeth until the procedure is finished.

It is very important to make sure that a healthy regimen of flossing and brushing is adhered to in order to keep the bridge and its neighboring teeth clean and healthy.


Dental implants are another way to replace any missing or lost teeth. These implants can provide support for dentures, crowns and bridges and they take the place of the tooth roots as well.

Implants, which are usually made of titanium, are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw through surgery. The implant then provides an anchor for a denture or crown to fit over. When a crown is put over an implant, it blends almost seamlessly with the existing teeth and most people cannot even tell it is an implant.

Implants can look and feel better than dentures or removable partial dentures, and they offer better ability to chew than even a fixed bridge. Also, if implants are properly maintained, they will last a lifetime.


Dentures can be used to replace missing teeth depending on a patient’s needs. Partial dentures attach to your existing teeth with clasps to affix them in place. Partial dentures are created out of replacement teeth which are then attached to gum-colored plastic bases connected by a thin metal frame. Again, your natural teeth are then used to support these removable dentures options. Overdentures can offer a better fit and more stability. Overdentures are typically placed over the dental implants and snap onto them.

As the alignment of the jaw changes slowly over time, the gum and bone ridges can shrink with teeth being extracted. Dentures do experience wear just like normal teeth over time, as well. They may need to be realigned or even replaced to maintain the proper alignment of the jaw. Making sure that regular dental exams are scheduled is very important for dentures wearers, so that  Dr. Tse can check for any potential issue of signs of gum disease.

Implant restorations

At Short Pump Family Dentistry, we stop at nothing less than excellence when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Therefore, our restorative dentistry options include top quality implant restorations. We can top your dental implant with a custom crown, natural-looking bridge or other restoration, depending on your unique set of needs and goals. We aim to provide sustainable and comfortable solutions for patients with missing teeth – after all, your smile is one of your most powerful assets.

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Short Pump Family Dentistry is hereto make you smile.