The American Academy of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million people are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. If you have a gap in your smile or are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth, our team at Arrowhead Dentistry can help. Dr. Upton has years of experience fully rebuilding smiles, and he’s a trusted referral for patients in Glendale looking to restore their smile with either dental implants or traditional prosthetics.
If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can help close the gap in your arch and restore the function and appearance of your smile. The prosthetic is comprised of two dental crowns that are located at either end of any number of free-standing replacement teeth, which are called pontics. The pontics are cemented to abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place. With the proper maintenance, bridges can last for anywhere from four to seven years.
Custom-crafted full or partial dentures can either restore an entire arch of missing teeth or several missing teeth within an arch. Partials are specially designed to fit like a puzzle piece in your mouth and have a metal foundation that secures them in place. Full dentures work a little differently. They utilize natural suction to stay securely in place so you can eat and speak without difficulty.
For patients who are looking for a more permanent, stable, and strong tooth replacement alternative, we also offer dental implants. This treatment allows our team to restore the entire structure of your missing teeth, including the roots. Once the implants are secured to the jawbone below the gumline, a restoration can be attached to replace one, several, or all of your teeth, depending on your unique situation.