Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth Replacement Options

Whether a patient is missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, choosing a tooth replacement option that works for you is important to your oral and overall health. At Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we specialize in dental implant-based tooth restorations to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients who desire a permanent result, but we realize they may not be right for everyone. We have compiled a list of the most common tooth replacement options that are available, so you can make an informed choice for a tooth replacement option that feels best to you.

Dental Implants

Features:

  • Permanent and secure
  • Versatile – able to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even an entire dental arch
  • Looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth
  • Can eat the foods you love without worry of slipping or falling out
  • Prevents bone loss

Made of medical-grade titanium, a dental implant post is surgically placed into the jaw bone by an oral surgeon. Over time, the post fuses with the bone for a secure foundation and acts as a natural tooth’s root to prevent bone loss and keep the prosthesis in place. Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers dental implant placement at our practice in Sonoma, CA. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please visit our Dental Implants FAQ.

Full-Arch Restoration

Features:

  • Replaces an entire upper or lower arch of teeth at once
  • Dental implant foundation provides a permanent and secure solution
  • Natural-looking
  • Eat the foods you love without worry of prosthesis slipping or falling out
  • Prevents bone loss

Also known as the All-on-4® or Teeth in a Day treatment concept, full-arch restoration is a dental implant-based tooth replacement solution for patients with severe tooth loss. Resting on as few as four dental implant posts, a full-arch restoration can restore an entire upper or lower arch of teeth at once. The results are permanent, durable, and natural-looking. Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers full-arch restoration at our practice in Sonoma, CA. If you would like to learn more about full-arch restoration, please visit our Full-Arch Restoration page.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Features:

  • Semi-permanent tooth replacement option that may need to be replaced in as few as seven years
  • Existing teeth support a natural-looking prosthesis
  • Secure hold to improve how and what you can eat
  • Can be fixed (non-removable) or removable

Dental bridges work by bridging the space between two teeth where one or more teeth in between are missing. Dental crowns are adhered to the existing teeth for a natural-looking appearance. However, some teeth may need to be ground down to ensure a proper fit. Unlike dental implants, bridges do not offer protection against bone loss. Patients who desire a tooth replacement option without undergoing a dental implant procedure may find that a dental bridge is the right solution for them.

Dentures (Full or Partial)

Features:

  • Can replace a full arch or partial arch
  • Prevent dental shifting
  • Improves eating function
  • Completely removable
  • Semi-permanent (after several years of wear, may need adjustment or replacement)

Many patients select full or partial dentures as their tooth replacement option of choice. They offer a reasonable tooth replacement option and are completely removable, a feature preferred by many patients. A dentist or prosthodontist can make a full or partial denture. Patients can eat many foods but may be restricted to foods that reduce the chance of the prosthesis slipping.

Tooth Replacement Options in Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants specializes in dental implant-based tooth restorations at our office in Sonoma, CA. To learn more about your options for tooth replacement and determine which option is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boynton. We look forward to providing you with the best care while improving your oral health.