Replacing Missing Teeth

Dec 24

Now that you realize missing teeth are not the end of the world.  What are your treatment options?

For missing teeth you have two options. Can you close the space using braces. Or do you have to maintain the space and have it replaced with a prosthetic "false" tooth.

Closing the space works well when you need lots of room to straighten the teeth.

Think about your family member or friend who had teeth all over the place. The orthodontist probably recommended to have teeth removed prior to placing the braces on.

So missing teeth can sometimes not be a bad thing if you have crowded teeth.

However, when the teeth are well aligned and the bite is good, it's not ideal to try to move all the teeth just to try to avoid replacing the missing teeth.

In these situations you'll get the best functional and aesthetic result by replacing the missing teeth.

There are three ways to replace missing teeth.

The simplest is to use a removable appliance (retainer, partial denture). This can be the most cost effective, but carries the inconvenience of easily being removed.

If you want more permanent options, then you need to consider a bridge or an implant supported crown.

With a bridge, the false tooth is supported by the adjacent teeth. You'll get a great aesthetic result, but have one more step for flossing around the teeth.







The next option and the closest thing to growing a new tooth is to use an implant-supported crown.

The false tooth is now supported by a fixture (looks like a screw) that is in the bone. It's made of titanium which the body likes. It's also one of the most gentle procedures in dentistry.


















The "false" tooth now acts as a single unit.  No extra steps for flossing.  

There you have it.  Great options to replace missing teeth if needed.


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