Options for Replacement of Missing Teeth
Losing a tooth can be an unpleasant experience for anyone. While you’ll always have the option of not replacing a lost tooth, doing nothing can result in further dental problems, including bone loss and additional erosion.
The good news is there are now several options for replacement. Below are a few of the best options for replacing a missing tooth:
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is used during the day and can replace one – or more – missing teeth. In some cases, a partial denture uses metal clasps that help it remain in the mouth. These clasps might be visible when talking. Another possible limitation of removable partial dentures is that they can move around when eating or talking, which might cause discomfort. However, wearing a removable partial denture does not require alterations on surrounding teeth and is generally the most cost-efficient replacement option.
A temporary denture is a quick fix for a lost tooth. Dentists commonly use these when an implant or bridge will replace the tooth later, but the patient is waiting for the area to heal completely. Temporary dentures are like removable partial dentures, but they tend to be less durable and lower cost.
A bridge is a replacement solution that remains firmly situated in the mouth and is a viable option if you have teeth situated on one or both sides of a gap. The installation process includes filing down the teeth on the sides to fuse them together. A bridge can effectively replace one or two teeth, and sometimes more depending on the support.
However, this method comes with the potential disadvantage of cutting down healthy teeth. In addition, sometimes bridges situated in the lower jaw don't last long because the jaw's movements can cause the inflexible bridge to crack and leak, which can pave the way for rotting and bacteria infiltration.
A dental implant is an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants feel and behave like real teeth when eating, talking, and smiling. Implants replace the root of a lost tooth and helps heal the bone in the aftermath of placement. A significant benefit of an implant is that it doesn't require altering any other teeth. An implant is a good option for one missing tooth, and additional implants can restore multiple lost teeth. Best of all, there is no way to notice the disparities between an implant or real tooth when speaking or smiling.
To learn more or for additional questions, contact Solace Oral Surgery at 615-320-1392.