Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back and a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten. If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit us at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Since 1990, Dr. Ratcliff has built a practice teeming with experience, filled with kindness, and carrying all the wisdom of expert professionals. When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to preserve your natural smile. If this is not feasible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile with restorative dentistry in Arlington.
If you still have your teeth but are not comfortable with them, these might be your answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer an affordable approach to cosmetic adjustments—uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They brighten unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used successfully for decades.
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth plus an artificial root. With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is an ideal option in as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.
Dentures are a plate that can hold artificial teeth which can be removed by the wearer. These are custom and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Restorative dentistry in Arlington offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.
Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many essential services to meet your dental needs including porcelain veneers, dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and dentures. Schedule your initial consultation at 817-274-7875 to visit us at 909 W Mitchell St in Arlington, Texas. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Grand Prairie area. Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired procedures and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers about restorative dentistry in Arlington.