Solutions For Tooth Loss

solutions for tooth lossYour dentist can provide realistic-looking replacements for lost teeth. A variety of prosthetic teeth are available for people who have lost one, several, or all of their teeth. If you have even a single missing tooth, you should know that absent teeth have more than just a cosmetic effect. That absence can rob surrounding teeth of support, and compromise your normal jaw movements. If you have a missing tooth (or teeth), your dentist can help you determine what type of replacement is right for you, and restore your smile.

Dental Bridges

Your dentist can replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge. To insert a bridge, your dentist will first place a crown on each of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth, and use those crowns to keep the bridge in place. A bridge can consist of a single tooth, or several consecutive teeth. Bridges are designed to look like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is not the replacement tooth itself, but a metal rod that serves as its root. The implant is fused to your jaw bone, to provide a stable base. Once the implant is inserted, it can be used to hold a bridge, a crown, or dentures.

Dentures

If you have lost many or all of your teeth, you can restore your smile with dentures. Partial dentures can replace several missing teeth, and are held in place by hard-to-see clasps that are attached to the neighboring teeth. Full dentures completely replace your upper or lower teeth. For people who are worried that their dentures might lack stability, implant-retained dentures offer greater security. Implant-retained dentures fit over a series of small implants that are placed in your tooth sockets for a strong attachment.