An open space caused by missing teeth can have a huge impact on your smile. First off, it can make you feel embarrassed. If you’re talking or smiling around other people, they will be able to see that you have missing teeth. Secondly, it can impact the health of your other teeth. Other teeth have to work harder, making them wear down faster. They will also drift or shift out of place when there is no longer a tooth next to them.
Replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible can help you avoid these problems. Thankfully there are a variety of tooth replacement options available to the modern dental patient. Here are three of them:
Implants can replace as many teeth as necessary using artificial tooth roots. Whether it’s one crown, a bridge, or even a fixed denture – implants are designed to literally last for a lifetime.
Bridges are fixed restorations that have a false crown (or two) suspended between two other crowns, which are anchored over the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Of course, this option means other teeth are needed, and it can only replace one or two teeth at a time. Longer bridges can also be made to fit directly over dental implants!
Whether it is a temporary “flipper,” a partial denture, or even a full denture – removable prosthetics are a simple and effective way to replace several missing teeth in very little time. They are also affordable for just about everyone.
Which option is right for you? Chances are you have a couple of different choices. Ask your dentist more to find out!
Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
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