While our office is the leading dental implant center in Central Indiana, we also provide a full range of prosthodontic treatment that doesn’t require the use of dental implants. Before we begin any kind of prosthodontic care, we require our patients to come in to our Rochester, IN office to attend a consultation with Dr. Ray Hazen. During this consultation, Dr. Hazen will carefully examine your oral condition while also discussing with you your smile goals. With the information gathered from this session, Dr. Hazen will be able to help you determine the best treatment for your needs. If you would prefer a non-invasive restoration treatment, then he will talk with you about treatments involving dentures, partial dentures, and fixed bridges. Please continue reading to learn more about these three treatments.
Dentures provide a series of dental crowns that are encased in a pink, gum-colored plastic. This treatment is made to cover your gums, allowing the crowns to sit on your gums and draw support from them. This treatment is great for patients who are missing a larger number of missing teeth, and can even be used for patients suffering from a full arch of missing teeth. There are two types of denture our office uses to restore the smiles of South Bend, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, Northwest Ohio, and Southwest Michigan area patients. These are:
There are many reasons for why you may want to go with dentures for your tooth restoration treatment. Some of these reasons include:
A fixed bridge is a method of restoring a missing tooth that is made up of (usually) three crowns that have been fused together. The center crown takes the place of your missing tooth, while the two end crowns cover the teeth directly bordering the missing tooth, lending support to the center crown. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are permanent, though they tend to be better for a smaller number of missing teeth than what complete and partial dentures can handle.
Some reasons why you might want to consider treatment with a fixed bridge are:
If you would like to find out which of these prosthodontic treatments might be best for restoring your missing teeth, then it is time for you to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ray Hazen. Contact our office today to learn more.