While many believe dentures to be the only way to replace missing teeth, patients actually have a few options available to them. Replacing missing teeth both restores dental function and helps patients improve their quality of life. Here are the most used methods of replacing missing teeth commonly used today.
Bridges replace one or more teeth and close gaps between teeth using a porcelain prosthetic made to look natural. These restorations utilize adjacent teeth fitted with crowns as anchors for the bridge to secure it in place. Many choose dental bridges because it avoids surgical intervention while providing a permanent adjustment to one’s smile.
Full and partial dentures are fitted for an up to an entire arch of teeth. Generally crafted from a combination of acrylic and porcelain, these prosthetics imitate natural soft tissue and teeth and utilize the gums for support. Dentures sometimes require adhesive to stabilize the prosthetic in place and generate greater force for minor functions, like chewing softer foods and speaking.
Dental implants are the latest advancement in tooth replacement, able to address the root cause of missing teeth. These restorations utilize implant posts placed directly into the jaw to support both the prosthetic and surrounding dental structure. Implant posts work with traditional restorations to provide a comprehensive replacement for a patient’s smile.
Why Replace the Tooth’s Root?
Dentures and bridges work adequately to replace the crowns of teeth, helping to restore minor functions to activities like speaking and eating. However, dental implants complete restorations by providing necessary support for surrounding soft and hard dental tissues while also supporting the prosthetics. Dental implants stabilize prosthetics in place while providing the support necessary to maintain healthy jaw and gum tissues, helping patients keep their natural smile for much longer.
Replacing the dental roots also provides support for facial features, preventing the jaw from atrophying and wilting away. Patients that utilize dental implants appreciate both the restore bite strength and durability of their new restorations.
Find Out More
Learn more about your replacements for missing teeth by calling or visiting Premier Dental Group of Wellesley and scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors. We’ll provide a complete analysis and determine your best option for replacing missing teeth.