June 10, 2015
Teeth function to help us smile, chew, and talk. When one or more teeth are lost, these simple tasks can become difficult. Unfortunately, the loss of a tooth is a common occurrence in our aging population. Missing teeth can be replaced. Your dentist will design a treatment plan specific to your needs. She/he may suggest one of the three following tooth replacement options:
Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth. They are very stable, durable, and usually the longest lasting. This method can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even secure a full denture. Implant placement is surgical and can take up to 9 months from start to finish.
Fixed dental bridges have been around for more than 50 years and were the dentist’s choice before the rise of implants. A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration option. It is used to replace one or several missing teeth by joining a false tooth to the adjacent teeth.
Typically this is the least expensive option. It is also the least comfortable of all three options. Partial dentures are removable and can include one or more missing teeth. It consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Partial dentures are connected by a metal framework that helps keep them in place, offering, a removable alternative to bridges.
Replacing missing teeth is an important decision. Make sure to talk to your dental care provider to pick the option that is best for you.
Until next time,
Keep smiling, sharing, and caring.