Replacing Missing Teeth

As dental health professionals, we focus on prevention and early intervention to preserve existing teeth and improve the overall health of our patients. Pulling a tooth is sometimes unavoidable, when it is the only option. Missing teeth can impact a person’s ability to chew, speak, and smile. Front teeth are often replaced for cosmetic reasons, but back teeth are extremely important to maintain the bone and function. There are several replacement options for teeth, including implants, fixed bridges, and removable partial dentures.

Implants are the best option of treatment, that most closely resembles the missing tooth. They are the newest and most expensive option. Implant titanium posts are surgically placed into the bone to anchor a single crown, multiple crowns or bridges, or a denture. Ideal candidates for implants should have adequate bone, non-smokers in good general health, with great home care. The process is usually performed in phases, which may take several months.

Fixed bridges close a space between teeth by replacing it with a floating tooth (pontic) attached to bonded crowns. It is a permanent replacement, but will need special care to keep clean. Bridges look and function like a natural teeth. Bridges typically require 2-3 appointments.

Removable partial dentures and full dentures are made out of resin to match the color of the teeth and gums, and sometimes include metal clasps for better retention. Partial dentures require special care to keep clean. Also, it may take some time to adjust to speaking clearly with these appliances and the fit may need to be adjusted several times for comfort. Dentures will also need to be replaced after 5-10 years, or more often if they break or cannot be adjusted to fit properly.

If you have questions about replacing your missing teeth, please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss your options!!!

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