Tooth Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are not only aesthetically displeasing for patients, but they are also connected to various oral health issues. When a patient has one or multiple missing teeth, there is a risk of bone loss, shifting of the other teeth, and oral health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Stefanie Shore is here to help by providing tooth replacement options for missing teeth.
One highly sought-after tooth replacement option is the dental bridge. This is a dental appliance that uses crowns and a pontic or “fake”. The bridge is built by placing crowns over the adjacent natural teeth and creating a pontic for the missing tooth. The artificial tooth looks just like the other natural teeth in the mouth, thus blending in.
To make room for the crowns, the two natural teeth are filed down so the crown fits on top securely. With good care, most dental bridges last about 10-12 years.
There are two main types of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures.
- Partial dentures are for one or a small number of missing teeth. For a single or several missing teeth in a row, a partial denture is a great option. According to the American Dental Association, partial dentures are a good option because the support relies on the other healthy teeth in the mouth.
- Full dentures are used for an entire mouth of missing teeth. Older adults and persons with medical conditions either lose their teeth or need to have them pulled, which is when a full set of dentures is required.
Dentures are created using material that mimic the look of the patient’s teeth. Today’s dentures are strong and stable, and have the appearance of real teeth.
The most permanent treatment available for replacing missing teeth is a dental implant. Dental implants have a high level of success, according to the California Dental Association. For dental implants in particular, fast treatment is needed to prevent bone loss. With excellent home care, patients find they enjoy high level of satisfaction with an implant.
Dental implants are done by first implanting a titanium metal post into the jaw bone of the missing tooth, then waiting 3-6 months for the post to fuse with the bone. Once this happens, an abutment and crown are made for the top of the post, creating a new tooth in your mouth. Implants are also used for partial dentures or fixed bridges as a more stable and secure type of bridge. The American Academy of Periodontology encourages implants for this use as they preserve more of the bone.
Why Choose Tooth Replacement Options
Patients choose tooth replacement options because of the variety and effectiveness. They know that with each option, the dentist will ensure that patients will find the most ideal solution for their missing teeth to improve the appearance, function, and health of their mouth.
Call Dr. Stefanie Shore cat 916-966-4341 to schedule a consultation and discuss the available tooth replacement options.