Missing teeth make it difficult to smile, chew, and even talk. Even one missing tooth can cause other teeth to drift out of place, creating further complications with your smile. If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted or will in the future, it’s important to be ready to move forward with a tooth replacement option that will prevent further complications after the procedure.
A fixed dental bridge uses pontic teeth that are supported between full coverage crowns. They are typically used to replace one or two missing teeth, but only when healthy teeth are present on adjacent sides of the empty space.
An implant bridge uses multiple crowns fused together, which form a bridge that is anchored onto titanium implant roots. It can be used regardless of whether there are healthy adjacent teeth or not. They are useful for when multiple teeth are missing and a traditional bridge will be inadequate.
Removable partial dentures
A removable partial denture clasps around existing teeth and can replace several teeth at one time. They are made of acrylic or acrylic fused with metal.
Fixed implant dentures
Implant dentures are permanently anchored onto 4 titanium implant roots. They free up more space throughout the mouth and are capable of replacing all teeth at one time, without ever needing to come out!
Talk to your dentist about which option is best for you. Your current oral health, existing restorations, and number of missing teeth will all have to be considered. Just one simple exam and X-rays is usually all that is needed to find out which option can restore your smile!
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