Popular Options to Replace Missing Permanent Teeth

Dental Replacements

There are many options when it comes to replacing missing permanent teeth. There is never a good reason to go around living with gaps in a person's smile. Besides making people feel self-conscious about their appearance, not replacing missing teeth can lead to a host of dental issues like teeth moving out of their proper alignment and jawbone tissue deteriorating. There are many popular options when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Missing permanent teeth replacement options

1. Dentures

Dentures are the most affordable way to replace permanent teeth that have fallen out. These devices consist of two parts: a framework that holds the device in place in the wearer's mouth, and a set of artificial teeth to replace the missing one.

Getting dentures does not involve any surgery, the dentist measures a patient's mouth and sends it to a lab where the prosthetic is made.

Pros

  • Economical solution
  • Does not require surgery
  • Looks real
  • Restores function of teeth

Cons

  • Not the most comfortable option
  • Does not address the bone tissue loss that is associated with missing teeth
  • Comes with a tiring maintenance routine
  • It is prone to slipping out at times
  • Sometimes requires the use of nasty-tasting adhesives

2. Implants

Implants are the preferred way to replace missing teeth. These prosthetics replace the entire missing tooth from the roots to the crown. This helps to ensure the jawbone remains properly stimulated, preserving the bone tissue.

Implants look and feel like real teeth, and they can last a lifetime when the patient practices good oral hygiene. Implants are inserted into the patient's jawbone surgically. Then, they are given a period of up to seven months to properly bond with the bone tissue holding the device in place. Once osseointegration is complete, a crown is placed on the external-facing end of the implant.

Pros

  • Permanent solution
  • Does not require specialized cleaning
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Prevents bone tissue loss

Cons

  • Requires surgery
  • One of the more expensive solutions
  • Not all patients are eligible for implants

3. Implant supported dentures

Implant supported dentures are another popular option when it comes to replacing permanent teeth. These devices combine the affordability of dentures with the main benefits of implants like stability and the preservation of jawbone tissue.

During this procedure, the dentist will insert four to six implants into each arc of the patient's teeth. Dentures are then attached to the implants. It is typically given about seven months for osseointegration before a permanent set of dentures are attached to the implants.

Pros

  • More affordable than implants
  • Promotes healthy jawbone tissue
  • Looks and feels like real teeth
  • Does not require specialized cleaning

Cons

  • More expensive than dentures
  • The patient needs to have adequate bone tissue
  • The dentures have to be replaced after around five years

Dealing with missing teeth? Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and explore your options.

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You want to smile with confidence

Dental implants allow an individual to smile freely without worrying about missing teeth. Since implants look completely natural, it will be impossible to tell the difference between which teeth are 100 percent natural and which teeth are replacements. We take an impression of the patient's mouth prior to having a dental lab create the crowns (tooth portion of the implants). We will also use a shade card so they are the exact same shade as the patient's natural teeth. Thus, it is easy for the patient to have confidence in the new smile.

You want to have a hassle-free smile

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You want a durable smile

Implants are incredibly durable, more so than any other tooth replacement solution. This is because, with implant dentistry, we implant a titanium post under the gums and secure it to the jawbone. The metal and bone will fuse together through a process called osseointegration. This makes a replacement tooth as durable as a natural tooth would be. Patients can engage in high-impact activities such as running a marathon, and the teeth will not become loose or fall out like they could when wearing dentures. Regardless of how secure dentures can be, there is no comparison with the durability that comes from dental implants.

If you lose one tooth or all your teeth, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation to discuss implant dentistry. There are several ways to approach this procedure that we can discuss with you. To ensure you are comfortable, we will complete any implant procedure using sedation.

The total procedure requires several appointments, the first of which is the surgical portion where we implant a metal post. The second is when we attach your new tooth (crown) to a secure abutment on the metal post. While this can take several months to complete, the end result will give you the benefits discussed above.

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