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Mar
19

Three Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

Missing teeth don’t just change the aesthetics of your smile, they also cause changes in your bite, chewing habits, and even your speech. Replacing your tooth as soon as possible can prevent many of these problems, while also making you feel better about how you look. But which replacement option is right for you? Here are 3 common types to consider:

Dental Implants

Implants are single or multiple-tooth replacements that permanently replace missing teeth. Each implant root is designed to function like the root of a real tooth, anchored into the jaw. Then a permanent prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture is bonded on top of it. 

Fixed Bridge

A bridge is a permanent restoration that is anchored onto healthy teeth on either side of an open space in the mouth. Bridges have a false tooth suspended between functional crowns. The supporting teeth must be prepped and reshaped, as if they were having a crown completed, then the bridge is cemented into place. 

Partial or Full Denture

Removable dentures are a simple, economical way to replace all (or several) teeth at one time. Each prosthesis is made of an acrylic or metal base, which is held into place by suction or wrapping around existing teeth. It is important to remove dentures at night to prevent excessive wear to the bone, as well as oral infections. 

If you already have a good idea about which treatment option you prefer, it’s time to sit down and talk with your dentist. A simple exam can determine what options are appropriate and allow you to make the most educated decision about your tooth replacement. Schedule your visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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