Solutions for missing teeth in Dolton: Bridge, denture, or implant?
No one wants to lose a tooth, but unfortunately, it happens. Gum disease is the number one culprit. Other common reasons include severe cavities, trauma, and fractures. In any case, if you have a gap in your smile, you probably want to fill it.
The three common ways of replacing missing teeth are implants, bridges, and dentures. At Pleasant Dental®, we offer all three options, because everyone has different preferences and priorities. The most significant differences are:
- Implants (topped with restorations) can replace one, several, or all teeth. They take the longest, and have the highest upfront cost. However, they help preserve your jawbone, and they don’t require any alteration to other teeth. Implants do not require any special care; brush and floss just like natural teeth. They are also the most stable and last longer than alternatives, making them more economical in the long run.
- Traditional dentures can replace all (full plate) or several (partials) teeth. A denture is not a good option for replacing a single tooth, because it would be bulky. They are fast and economical. They are removable, which makes oral hygiene easy. However, they are less stable than alternatives. Full dentures typically need to be relined or replaced every few years, to accommodate changes in your gum and bone tissue.
- Bridges can replace one or several teeth. A bridge is supported by existing teeth, so it can’t be used if the entire arch is missing. The procedure is fast, completed in just a few weeks, and the result can last for a decade or longer. Bridges are permanently bonded in place, which makes them very stable. It also makes oral hygiene a bit more challenging, because you need to floss under the false tooth.
When you visit Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, Dr. Dean Dietrich will help you choose the option that best fits your schedule, budget, and preferences. Before making any recommendations, he will perform a comprehensive examination, and explain any oral health considerations. If you have suffered severe bone loss, implants may not be viable without a graft. If you currently have gum disease, it will need to be treated for the success of any dental procedure.
It’s time to say goodbye to the gap – call (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment today.
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