Missing teeth make it harder to eat and have a huge impact on the appearance of your smile. Even if the missing tooth isn’t visible to other people, your other teeth can start to move and change that. Replacing your tooth as quickly as possible will prevent this from happening and restore your confidence. But deciding how you want to replace your tooth is still a huge decision. Here are the top 3 ways patients often replace missing teeth:
With a dental implant you can replace the entire tooth. That includes the crown and the root. By replacing the root at the same time, you prevent bone loss in the jaw. Implant roots are extremely durable and typically last an entire lifetime. They can be used to anchor individual crowns, bridges, or even dentures.
Bridges are porcelain crowns fused together and supported by neighboring teeth. They require healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and typically last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced. Bridges can also be anchored onto implant roots.
Removable Partial Dentures / Flippers
Affordable and removable, partial dentures and flippers are a simple way to replace missing teeth, either temporarily or for long-term purposes. Some people use these to retain spacing before investing in a permanent option like an implant or bridge.
Which replacement treatment is an option for you? It could be just one or it might be all of the above options. Schedule a quick exam and x-ray with your dentist to find out more about how each type of treatment fits your lifestyle and budget!
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Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
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