What are alternative tooth restoration options provided by San Jose implant dentist Dr. Lokhandwala?
The smile is often the first thing people notice about others. When an individual flashes a beautiful smile, it makes a positive first impression on those who see it. While not everyone has a naturally radiant smile, there are ways for patients to achieve it, including those who have suffered from tooth loss. These patients can benefit from dental implants from an implant dentist. San Jose dentist, Dr. Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental, offers dental implants, along with other restoration alternatives.
Dental implants are a wonderful way to restore missing natural teeth. They are long lasting, affordable, and allow patients to have a replacement that acts, looks, and functions like a natural tooth. They can last a lifetime, making them the ultimate restoration. Unfortunately, they also require a patient to have sufficient bone structure for placement. If not, they may have to undergo bone-grafting procedures. Instead, patients have two other popular options available as alternatives: dental bridges and partial dentures.
Dental bridges are restorations that utilize the teeth on each side of the space. The restoration is made of porcelain and consists of a false tooth and two dental crowns. The crowns are bonded over the top of the adjacent teeth, which holds the false tooth (called a pontic), in place. This method of restoring a smile does not require dense bone structure and is another more permanent solution.
Partial dentures may also be considered. These dentures snap into place in the dental arch and utilize a false tooth to restore the smile to its original beauty. The denture is made of metal and plastic, and allows the patient to remove and clean the restoration as necessary. However, if a patient is looking for a more permanent solution, dental bridges, or dental implants may be preferred.
Dr. Lokhandwala is happy to consult with patients who are considering restorative alternatives, and is pleased to provide the information patients need to make an educated decision. Her helpful, friendly staff will be there every step of the way, supporting patients in improving and transforming their smiles.