If you’ve had to have teeth removed due to severe cavities, gum disease, an injury, or extensive decay, choosing your replacement option can be overwhelming. Missing teeth can make eating difficult, can create speech problems, and can cause your other teeth to shift and create new issues.
You’ve got several options, and depending on your unique needs, and an experienced dentist can help you make the right decision for your replacement.
Tooth Replacement Options
There are three main options that are typically used for tooth replacement. Here’s what you should consider about each choice:
- Partial denture: A partial denture is a removable device that is fitted to your mouth. It fills the space from your missing tooth, and the procedure is very easy and fast. It’s also one of the most affordable options for tooth replacement, but it is sometimes difficult to get comfortable with the feel of a denture. Usually, dentures offer a natural looking tooth, so you can enjoy a smile that you feel great about!
- Bridges: Bridges are one of the most common choices for patients who need tooth replacement. Your dentist will create a bridge over the missing tooth by fitting a crown to each of the surrounding teeth. This process can sometimes take several visits, but typically the results look and feel like a natural tooth. However, not all patients are candidates for bridges if their surrounding teeth are not in good health, and it can increase the risk of root canals being needed in those surrounding teeth in the future.
- Dental Implants: This choice is becoming widely used to treat missing teeth. The process for dental implants involves surgically implanting a titanium post into the patient’s jaw. This metal will actually bond to the jaw after a healing period, serving as the root of your new tooth. Then, a full crown is attached to the implant. The result is an extremely durable, comfortable, and great looking replacement option!
Dental Implants Southeast Texas
If you have any questions about dental implants, or about any of the other tooth replacement options that our office offers, contact us today for more information. Our experienced team can evaluate your teeth and help you determine the best treatment option for your unique needs. We look forward to helping you find the best option for your tooth replacement!