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Prosthetic Restorations

Prosthetic Restorations

When a natural tooth cannot be repaired, your West Des Moines dentist may suggest high-quality prosthetic restorations that will soon have you smiling again. Whether you need one tooth or an entire arch replaced, Dr. Johnson offers a variety of prosthetics and will help you find the right solution to fit your needs.


Dental implants are composed of two parts: a small titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw and the restoration that is attached to the screw. Implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth by actually integrating into the jawbone over the course of several months. The restoration that is placed on top depends on the number of missing teeth you have.

  • A single crown can be placed if you are only missing one tooth
  • A bridge is the solution for two or more adjoining teeth
  • A partial denture replaces two or more non-adjoining teeth
  • A full denture would be attached if an entire arch needs replacing

If you are a candidate for the implant procedure, Dr. Johnson will refer you to a specialist. An oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant posts into your jaw. Expect at least three months for the implant to integrate with your bone tissue, and you may wear a temporary prosthetic during that time. After the implant post is solid, Dr. Johnson will secure your permanent restoration. Modern prosthetics look, feel, and function just like real teeth.


Bridges are a permanent restoration that replaces two or more adjacent teeth. If you are a candidate for a bridge, Dr. Johnson will place stabilizing crowns on the abutment teeth (those on either side of the missing tooth or teeth). As with a crown placement, the abutment teeth are shaped and an impression is taken to create the bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge until your permanent restoration is ready to be placed. Unlike a denture, a fixed bridge won’t require nightly removal for soaking, and you can care for the bridge just like your natural teeth.

Partial and Full Dentures

Partial and full dentures are removable prosthetic dental devices that replace either multiple teeth or a full arch. Partial dentures attach to remaining natural teeth by small clasps. Full upper dentures are attached to gums using suction on the roof of the mouth; full lower dentures require adhesive for stability. Dr. Johnson will take an impression of your mouth and send her specifications to a dental lab, where a technician will use high-quality materials to craft your dental prosthetics.


If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jessica Johnson at Valley Ridge Family Dental, contact our office at (515) 223-9764. We are located in the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines, IA. We also serve Waukee, Urbandale, Clive, and surrounding Des Moines metro communities.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm