At Donald Marks Family Dentistry, Dr. Donald Marks and Dr. John Martin offer lifelike tooth replacements. Whether you have lost one tooth, many teeth or even all of your teeth, Dr. Marks and his dedicated team replace missing teeth in State College so well you’ll be amazed. You’ll look and feel better than you ever thought possible.
It’s Important To Replace Teeth
People who have lost teeth through gum disease, injury, infection or decay should replace them as soon as they can. Smile gaps affect personal appearance, causing facial wrinkling and sagging along with bone and gum deterioration. Additionally, teeth next to a gap weaken and drift to fill the empty space, much to the detriment of their strength and alignment.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
Dr. Marks and Dr. Martin help their patients decide what tooth replacement options are best for their oral health, function and appearance. The dentist looks at factors such as number of teeth lost, age, facial symmetry, overall oral health and bone density. He performs a complete examination, including digital X-rays and three-dimensional imaging to understand the individual’s bone structure. Then, he formulates a care plan to address the patient’s needs and personal preferences.
Here are the options your State College dentists offer. Customized, natural-looking and precisely fitted, one of these prosthetics will restore your damaged smile beautifully.
- Crown and bridge Permanent bridgework consists of dental crowns which support one, two or more artificial teeth in a row. Crafted by CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) same-day technology at Donald Marks Family Dentistry, crown and bridge replacements are lifelike and permanently bonded in place. They require daily flossing and twice a day brushing plus semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Marks or Dr. Martin. Expect these prosthetics to last about ten years or even longer.
- Partial dentures A partial denture fills one or more smile gaps on the top or bottom arch. Made from realistic acrylic and mounted on a metal frame, the appliance is removable and secured to neighboring teeth with clasps.
- Full dentures Traditional dentures completely replace top or bottom teeth. They stay in place via the mouth’s natural suction, and when well-fitted, they need no adhesive. Made from tooth-and gum-colored acrylic, full dentures rest right on the gums. The dentist places immediate full dentures after extraction. Conventional full dentures are placed after gum and bone have healed completely.
- Dental implants in State College The dental implant is made of a titanium screw surgically placed in the jaw, a metal extension post and a lifelike porcelain crown. The dental implant looks natural and strengthens the jaw bone through a bonding process called osseointegration. Although there is substantial healing time required and a higher initial cost than traditional tooth replacements, the dental implant is stable and lasts for decades. Multiple implants support bridgework and full and partial dentures as well.
Replace Missing Teeth
Don’t ignore smile gaps. Instead, look into tooth replacement options with Dr. Marks or Dr. Martin. Contact your expert team at Donald Marks Family Dentistry for a consultation. We look forward to serving you!