Missing Tooth Replacement Can Mean a Bridge, Denture, or Implant
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
When you lose a tooth, you may choose to replace it with a bridge, denture, or implant. Knowing which of these options is best for you requires you to understand what each of these different options is all about. Since each of them has both advantages and disadvantages you'll want to take some time to really do your "homework” here.
Missing your front teeth can be very embarrassing but it sometimes requires metal clasps to secure it in your mouth, which may be seen when you're talking. It may also move around a bit when you do so, making it feel uncomfortable. However, a partial denture doesn't require filing of your teeth and a full denture is a great option when you're missing many teeth. A temporary denture is also a good option when you're healing and waiting to get a bridge or implant. It won't alter your surrounding teeth.
Bridges work well when you still have teeth on both sides of where you're missing a tooth. This is a fixed solution that's cemented into your mouth. However, it does require cutting down the perfectly healthy teeth on both sides, so they can be connected together. Nevertheless, this is an easy way to replace a few missing teeth. Just make sure you do a thorough job of flossing around it once it's in place.
Implants are a great option because they feel and act the most like a natural tooth when you're chewing food, brushing your teeth, or smiling and talking. It will replace your tooth's root then heal in your bone where it's been cemented. An added benefit is that this happens without altering any other teeth.
We can help you determine whether a bridge, denture, or implant is right for you so give us a call today.