Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is www.greenestreetdental.com, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.
Beautiful Teeth: Guide to False Teeth:
There are many options available to you if you do have one or several missing teeth. The most simple solution is to use a removable denture, also called a partial denture. This can be made out of plastic and or have a metal base. These are removable at night, very functional and sort of aesthetic. The next approach to filling in a space is to use something called a bridge. This is where we use the teeth on either side of the space to then permanently cement something to fill in that space. The downside to this is it does require modification of those adjacent teeth. The next level of filling in these missing teeth is now the gold standard in dentistry and this is where we use dental implants to fill in the missing teeth. This generally does not require a modification of the teeth on either side; however, it may require a modification of the bone that the implant is going to be placed into. Dental implants do take longer because there is some healing time involved, but generally the payoff is worth it in the end.