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834 SW 11th St, Suite 2
Redmond, OR  97756

541-504-5707

Fax:  541-504-0415

General Dentistry

Serving Bend, Oregon and Redmond, Oregon

Welcome
 

At Gilmore Dental we understand that the last place you want to be is the dentist office.  We go out of our way to make our office environment as relaxing as possible.  Some of the ways we do this is by offering a beverage bar, massage chairs, neck warmers and pain free injections.

It is our greatest desire to assist you with your oral health.  Our mission is to help you understand the current condition of your oral health, what we can do to help improve it and give you the education you will need to make the decisions that will best fit your needs.


Dr. Richard D. Gilmore DMD



CLOSING THE GAP: OPTIONS FOR REPLACING MISSING TEETH

 

Missing teeth, especially in the "smile zone", can really effect how we feel about our smile and our overall self confidence. Your smile is an important part of who you are.  But our confidence isn't the only reason you may need to replace missing teeth.  There are anatomical reasons as well, namely receding gums and movement of adjacent teeth.

Once a tooth is lost, the bone around the empty socket has a tendency to collapse into the space.  The gums surrounding the space in turn will begin to recede changing the aesthetic appearance of adjacent teeth and possibly affecting the aesthetics of a bridge or future implant.  Bone Grafting in the area of tooth if you do not plan fill the gap immediately will keep the bone from collapsing into the hole.

What are the options for closing the gap?

Implant:  

This is the most natural route.  Placing the implant immediately after the tooth is removed allows the implant to be a permanent replacement, preventing bone loss.  If the tooth is already missing and an immediate implant is not an option you will need to speak to your dentist or oral surgeon regarding bone density for placement of an implant.

 

Cost wise this will most likely be more costly than other options.  Regular professional cleanings are critical in the life of this restoration.

Bridge:  

A bridge can be the next best options next to an implant.  Bridges can include 3+ teeth, depending on how many teeth are missing.  The two adjacent teeth are considered anchor teeth for the missing tooth.  A pontic (fake tooth) fills in the gap between the two anchors.  It is a fixed prosthetic (not removable).  Regular professional cleanings are critical in the life of this restoration.

Partial (removable prosthetic):

There are two options when it comes to partials.  Your dentist will cover which option is best for you. 

One option is a flexible partial (does not contain any metal).  This can be the most comfortable of the two due to its flexibility.  They are stain and odor resistant and virtually unbreakable.  It is the least expensive option.

The second option is a metal partial.  The metal utilizes an existing tooth as an anchor.  This option is extremely stable and retentive.

There is a third option known as a "flipper" which is a temporary prosthetic that allows the gums and extraction site to heal prior to replacing a missing tooth.

 

It will never cost less or hurt less than it does today! 


 


 Our Services

Convenient Location & Appointments Single Visit Crowns & Bridges
Conservative, General Dentistry Metal Free Dentistry
Comfortable Environment Intraoral Cameras
Caring Staff Digital X-rays
Treatment Options Conscious Sedation
Payment Options Minimal Referrals
Emergencies Seen Same Day Pain Free Injections


 
 

Proudly serving: Redmond, Bend, Prineville, Madras

 
 
Redmond Dentist. Dr. Richard Gilmore provides Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Family Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Root Canal, Dental Implants, Tooth Extraction to the following locations: Bend, Prineville, Madras. Bend Dentist providing professional dentistry including Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Family Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Root Canal, Dental Implants, Tooth Extraction in Redmond, Bend, Prineville, Madras, Oregon.