Yesterday we discussed the dangers that missing teeth can pose for your smile. Today, we’re looking at your options for replacing missing teeth. Depending on the scale and cause of your tooth loss we may recommend everything from a dental bridge to a lifelike dental implant. Which option will work best for your smile?
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- True or False: A dental bridge can address minor tooth loss.
- True or False: A partial denture can be used to replace lost teeth spread across an arch.
- True or False: We can offer a solution for complete tooth loss.
- True or False: Dental implants can offer lifelong tooth replacement.
- True. We can place a bridge to address one to three teeth in a row. The prosthetic consists of replacement teeth with crowns attached to either end. The crowns are placed onto the natural teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. The crowns then anchor the new teeth firmly in place. A bridge can last between 10 and 15 years before requiring adjustment or replacement.
- True. If you’re missing several teeth spread across an arch, then we may recommend a partial denture. The partial offers an acrylic base that looks like natural gum tissue. There are lifelike teeth and metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth, securing your new ones. These can last between five and ten years before requiring adjustment.
- True. Like a partial, this contains an acrylic base that looks like natural tissue. There is also a full row of replacement teeth, allowing the prosthetic to replace all teeth on one or both arches. The prosthetic will be held in place with natural suction and like partials, can provide between five and ten years of tooth replacement before adjustments will be required.
- True. Instead of relying on clasps or crowns, this option is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant is then topped with a lifelike restoration. With proper care and attention this option can last a lifetime. If you have any questions about tooth replacement, then please contact our office today.