When replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, there are several acceptable therapeutic options. Depending on the number and health of the remaining teeth, options to replace missing teeth can include something “fixed” or “removable”. Both of these options can either be attached to the reamining teeth or to dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. Every patient is unique. The first step is to visit our office for a consultation and complete evaluation at San Diego Prosthodontics. Treatment options vary with individual needs. As trained dental specialists in prosthodontics, Dr. Gulbransen and Dr. Recksiedler are well equipped to provide patients with all of their treatment options. There is no one cookie-cutter treatment modality. Every patient has their own individualized treatment planning process.

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What are the options to replace your missing teeth?
Part 1: Single Tooth Replacement

Fixed Bridge

When missing a tooth, a fixed bridge or fixed partial denture is one option. A fixed bridge utilizes the adjacent teeth on each side of the missing tooth to support the prosthesis. A fixed bridge is indicated if the surrounding teeth are healthy with significant tooth structure and the space from the missing tooth is small. A fixed bridge can be fabricated out of a number of materials depending on the location and nature of the occlusion or bite, either completely fabricated out of ceramic or a combination of ceramic and metal.

If you are missing teeth and would like to learn about your dental options, please call our office with any questions or to set up an appointment for a consultation and examination with  Dr. Gulbransen or Dr. Recksiedler. We look forward to having the opportunity to help you with your prosthodontic needs. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gulbransen or Dr. Recksiedler.

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