Whether your tooth fell out in a bike accident or due to long-term decay, you should really get it replaced as soon as possible. Consequences can include difficulty chewing or speaking and jawbone deterioration.
Luckily, there are several options available to you depending on your specific needs and preferences.
Common methods for tooth replacement include:
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are structures that contain one or more false teeth. On average, they tend to be more affordable than other tooth replacement options.
While they can be made using metal alloys, they’re increasingly made from Zirconia or Porcelain, which can offer a more natural, tooth-colored look.
How do dental bridges work?
These structures are cemented in, attaching to the surrounding natural teeth or dental implants. Typically, A bridge is anchored in place using crowns, or caps.
Compared to some other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, bridges can be completed relatively quickly. The procedure typically involves two or three visits to the dentist.
What are dental implants?
While more expensive than bridges, dental implants are the most long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Implants are essentially crowns that are secured with titanium posts.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure. First, it requires placing a titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as an artificial tooth root. Then, the crown is attached to the implant, providing a natural-looking and functional tooth replacement.
The process of getting dental implants usually takes several months, involving multiple visits to the dentist or oral surgeon. This includes the healing period, implant integration with the jawbone, and the placement of the final crown or prosthetic.
What are dentures?
Dentures are customized removable appliances used to replace multiple or all missing teeth. They come in two types: partial dentures, which replace some missing teeth and rely on the remaining natural teeth for support, and complete dentures, which replace all teeth in the upper or lower arch.
Dentures are designed to be removable, which allows you to take them out for cleaning and sleeping.
How do dentures work?
Dentures are custom fit to mold your gums. They rely on either a denture adhesive or suction to stay in place.
Like bridges, this method requires just a few appointments: one for impressions and measurements, one to determine necessary adjustments, and one for the final fitting. Over time, the jawbone and gum tissue may change, which means dentures can become loose or uncomfortable. It's important to visit your dentist regularly for adjustments or relining to ensure a proper fit.
To determine the best tooth replacement option for you, it's important to consult with your dentist. They will assess your oral health, discuss your goals and preferences, and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. If you’re in the California area, make an appointment with us!