Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth loss can be caused by gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, and a tooth replacement might be necessary to restore your smile. Beyond aesthetics, replacing a tooth is essential for chewing, support for remaining teeth and jaw, and preventing resorption.

Fortunately, there are many options to explore if you are considering tooth replacement. Usually, your dentist will be able to guide you in selecting the best choice for your oral cavity.

Available Tooth Replacement Options

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the most popular tooth replacement option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to an oral health condition such as periodontal disease or injuries. They are fused into the jawbone as support for dental crowns, bridge, or dentures.

They provide the best result regarding appearance and durability. Although the procedure is more expensive than others, the investment is usually worth it in the end.

All-on-Four Implant-Supported Dentures

It is possible to have a full arch lower denture supported by only four implants. An upper denture may need up to six implants. With this option, the dentist will place two implants in the space once filled by the front teeth.

The dentist will insert the other two implants on either side, tilting at 45 degrees to the rear of the mouth. With customized attachments placed on its surface, the overdenture will fuse with the implant.

Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge

With this option, substituting every tooth with an individual dental implant is essential. Instead, the implant-supported fixed bridge will replace multiple lost teeth and or stand in place of the entire teeth arch. The number of affected teeth and the type of dental implant in use determine the number of implants needed.

An implant-supported bridge has a similar appearance to the tooth-supported fixed bridge. The dentist can decide to cement the bridge or screw it into position. Sometimes screwing is the preferred option because it makes it convenient to remove the bridge for repairs or cleaning.

Tooth-colored composite helps to mask the screw points in the bridge.

Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge

When the implant-supported bridge is not an option, the dentist may opt for the tooth-supported bridge, especially when only a tooth is lost. The tooth-supported fixed bridge has two crowns, welded to the teeth on both sides of the space, and are abutment teeth. The abutment crowns fuse to the substitute teeth (termed pontics).

This restoration is cemented into position permanently and can be manufactured from various materials, including porcelain, gold, metal alloy, or a combination of the materials.

Removable Partial or Complete Dentures

The removable partial denture can fill in for one or more lost teeth in the same row, whether they are next to each other or not. Complete dentures lie on the gums and are the inexpensive, non-surgical alternatives to dental implants.

We can help you pick the right tooth replacement option, today! 

Dentures are made of acrylic, gum-tinted base (or from flexible nylon material) that is sometimes supported by a Cobalt chrome metallic structure. They sometimes have metal clips to hold them in position and still make them removable.

Discuss with your dentist to know which would be the best option.

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