Options for Missing Teeth
Dental implants for Missing Teeth
The biggest advantage is that the replacement tooth can last for decades and resembles a natural tooth.
Another advantage is the rest of your teeth should remain intact as with an implant the nearby teeth aren’t involved like with a bridge.
You will need to be in good physical health as this is a surgical procedure and will take several months to recover.
Your dentist won’t attach the replacement tooth until the dental implant completely heals.
Fixed dental bridge
You can see if you’re a candidate for a fixed dental bridge if you don’t want a dental implant. If you’re missing one or more teeth in the same area this tooth replacement option might be effective.
A fixed bridge essentially bridges a gap caused by a missing tooth using a dental prosthetic or artificial tooth.
Bridges are beneficial because they feel and look like natural teeth. You might find they improve the appearance of your natural teeth on either side of the space.
They’re also typically cheaper than dental implants.
It can be difficult to clean around the tooth underneath the bridge.
Bridges involve altering existing teeth. Also, a poorly fitted bridge could gradually damage adjoining teeth over time.
Removable partial dentures
You might be a candidate for a removable partial dentures if you only need to replace some of your teeth.
This dental appliance consists of natural-looking pink base that replacement teeth are attached to. Although some dentures have a clasp that adjoins to natural teeth, your natural teeth stabilise and hold the removable plastic base in place.
Removable partial dentures look and feel natural in the mouth, and they’re also less expensive and easier to repair and replace than other tooth replacement options.
Some people might find partial dentures uncomfortable, at least until they adjust to wearing them.
Dentures must be removed remove them before bed and cleaned daily. They can be more susceptible to damage with the constant handling.