The primary options for replacing missing teeth are: dental bridges, dental implants and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages. Dr. John Cranham is one of the leading dentists in Chesapeake, Virginia for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you choose which treatment is right for you.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The bridge can be either removable (flipper teeth) or fixed. A fixed bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a more permanent solution for missing teeth. The implant actually replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option, but they also require the least maintenance. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing tooth as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.

Dr. Cranham is the Clinical Director for the Dawson Academy, demonstrating his commitment to staying on the leading edge of modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In many cases, Dr. Cranham can complete the entire procedure in his Chesapeake dentist office. For other cases, he may work with a local specialist to complete the surgical phase of treatment and carry out the implant restoration in his office.


A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. The denture can either be removable or secured using dental implants. Implant secured dentures, also known as “All on Four” or “Teeth in a Day” offer improved stability, comfort and permit a healthier diet.

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