Several Options for Restoring Missing Teeth

couple2Have you lost one or more of your adult (permanent) teeth? If so, you understand the difficulties which can arise when teeth meant to stay with you through the course of your life are suddenly lost. Thankfully, restorative dentistry options are designed to replace missing teeth with aesthetically pleasing and functional prosthetic replacements. To learn more about restorative dentistry and your tooth replacement options,  Park Ridge dentists, Dr. Maria Loukas and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, are here for a consultation whenever you are ready.


When all of your teeth have been lost, dentures are a common way to fill the void. Dentures can expand your face in the same way that natural teeth do, reversing physical signs of aging that accelerate when teeth are lost. Dentures also provide the teeth necessary to break down food, aiding in your body’s digestive processes. If you are only missing some teeth in a row, but not al of them, partial dentures are another option. Partial dentures are custom made for patients to fill in the gaps in a smile. By wearing a partial denture, you can restore your smile and help protect your remaining teeth by guarding their exposed sides with prosthetic teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to fill in a single gap. The gap may be made up of one or more lost teeth. Dental bridges are held steady by two dental crowns located on either end of the bridge. These crowns fit over the teeth that sit on the edges of the gap that will be bridged.

Dental Implants

Dental implants can work with all of the prosthetic devices described above. They serve to anchor the restorations into the jawbone for increased stability and functionality. For single-tooth restorations, the prosthetic attached to a dental implant will be a dental crown. Whatever the prosthetic, however, dental implants tend to increase patient comfort with a natural feel that comes from having an anchor in the jawbone.

Visit with your Park Ridge Restorative Dentists

Are you looking for a restoration to replace your missing teeth? If so, contact your Park Ridge restorative dentists, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 60068 dental office at (847) 696-1919. We proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.