Missing teeth can hurt your confidence and affect your health.
If you’re chewing only on one side, you’re overcompensating for the missing tooth and putting a lot of pressure on your healthy teeth. A missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift, further damaging your smile and compromising your bite. Fortunately, we offer several solutions and can help you choose which replacement option is right for you.
Tooth Implants for Missing Teeth Replacement
A dental implant, or tooth implant, is the best option when replacing a tooth. A titanium screw is placed beneath your gum and heals to the bone in your jaw in the area of the missing tooth, taking the place of your missing tooth’s root. Once the implant has had time to heal into your bone, we place a crown on top of the dental implant to look, feel and act just like your original tooth, allowing you to chew and smile with confidence that will last a lifetime.
Implants are a lifetime solution. Consequently, dental implant problems are almost nonexistent, and nearly everyone is a good candidate. Because several factors affect implant preparation, the cost of dental implants varies. We would love to discuss this option and see if dental implants are the best solution for you.
Tooth Bridges for Missing Teeth: Fixed Bridge or Implant-Supported Bridge
Fixed Tooth Bridge
If you have one or more missing teeth, a fixed tooth bridge may be a good option for you to regain that healthy, functional smile. A fixed bridge is cemented into place with the support of teeth on either side of the space supporting a pontic tooth in the middle thus replacing the space, which is why it’s referred to as a bridge. We match the shape and color of your surrounding teeth to provide a bridge that looks and functions like your original teeth.
The cost of a dental bridge is less than that of a dental implant, which is why some people choose the more affordable bridge option. Although, bridges usually do have to be replaced as they do wear over time, unlike that of the dental implant. Bridges don’t preserve the bone structure of your jaw like a natural tooth or implant does, so you may experience receding bones, but regular checkups and monitoring will preserve your newly gained oral health.
Implant-supported or implant-retained dental bridges are a hybrid of implants and dental bridges and are optimal for people missing several teeth or need multiple teeth extracted. The cost of several dental implants may not be feasible, but two implants combined with a bridge may be more manageable.
We’re fortunate to have a dental implant care expert, Dr. Brad Alderman, as part of our team to help you choose which option is best for your health, your smile and your budget.