If you are missing a single tooth, oftentimes this can be replaced by a single tooth implant. The implant is far more conservative because you don’t have to cut down the adjacent teeth as with a bridge, and you don’t have to wear a bulky removable partial denture.
If you are missing multiple teeth, these can often be replaced by multiple dental implants. The process is the same as individual implants except with multiple units. If there are multiple missing posterior (back) teeth the crowns may be splinted together so they are all acting as one solid unit reinforcing each other.
This is a more conservative process than bridges because the adjacent teeth don’t need to be cut down. Further, the longer the span the bridges need to reach only increases the stress and wear on the supporting teeth, leading to early bridge loss.
Dr. David has a wonderful chairside manner, just as his father did when I saw him many years ago. He made me feel very comfortable.
I would highly recommend Dr. Engen and his office staff to anyone whose child was apprehensive about having braces. Other than the high level of professionalism, I appreciate the down-play of cutsie-pie gimmicks for kids. He thoroughly explained everything to us right from the start.
Because of the internet information provided about his background and education, I feel I have a top level, up-to-date professional taking care of me.
State of the art care! I like the “get it right” attitude. After eight years I have not had one negative experience.
Lyle B. (Periodontal patient)
Dr. Engen was great! He explained my diagnosis and the procedure required thoroughly. I was even asked if I liked the colors of paint for the office.
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