Missing a Tooth? 3 Good Replacement Options

Posted on July 31st, 2018 by bevanheaton


If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone.  Millions of people throughout the world are in this same predicament.  Whether it’s because you never developed that tooth, were unable to pay to save the tooth at that time, or the tooth itself was unable to be saved, there are options for replacement.  

Not replacing a missing tooth has some potential ill side effects, like shifting teeth and bone loss in the affected area.  Here are 3 options for replacing that missing tooth:

  1. Dental Implant       

Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth.  Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and, most importantly, functions like a natural tooth.

                            Pros: It is a fixed tooth replacement that functions and looks like a natural tooth.  Also, the adjacent teeth are unaffected.  Because they are not affected by decay, implants, with proper care, can last a lifetime.

                            Cons: It is the most expensive option (you get what you pay for). It takes longer for completion of the treatment (healing time, multiple visits).

       2. Fixed Bridge         

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that bridges the space left from tooth loss.  A bridge utilizes the two teeth on either side of the space and, connects them with a tooth made out of metal or porcelain.

                             Pros: Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years.  In 2-3 weeks these can be completed.  Cemented in place.

                             Cons: May need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. 

        3. Removable Partial      

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth.

                              Pros: Least expensive method to replace a tooth after it is lost.  Likewise, a great temporary for the between stages of dental implants.

                              Cons: These take some time getting used to for talking and eating. Also, they can be broken or get lost.

If you have a missing tooth, please call My Family Dentist Garland for an appointment to decide what option is best for you.


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