Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we lose a tooth. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by age 50, most Americans will have lost an average of 12 teeth. And that’s a lot of teeth to lose when you only have 32. Thankfully, there are various tooth replacement options if you are missing teeth. But which one do you choose when there are so many choices? We’ve boiled it down for you. Read on to learn about bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures so you can make an informed decision.
Deciding on the right tooth replacement option depends on several things.
Check out the pros and cons of dental bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures.
A dental bridge is designed to bridge the gap between multiple teeth by using crowns or wings to hold the pontics (artificial teeth) in place. Dental bridges come in three forms.
A traditional bridge comprises two dental crowns and up to three pontics. Those crowns are anchored to healthy teeth on either side of the gap where the artificial teeth are suspended.
A cantilever bridge has only one dental crown and up to three artificial teeth. The cantilever bridge is needed when an adjacent tooth already has a crown in place and the patient only has one tooth next to the missing one.
And finally, there is the implant-supported bridge. This works like a traditional bridge but is anchored to dental implants versus natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges are the most durable and long-lasting of the dental bridge options.
Dental bridges have several benefits, including:
Dental bridges also have a downside, especially compared to other tooth replacement options. Those cons are:
Now that you know all the benefits and disadvantages, let’s discuss dental implants. Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into your jaw to replace your missing natural teeth. Dental implants offer the most effective way to restore your facial structure and your ability to chew. Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, making them an excellent restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry solution.
Despite the many benefits of dental implants, there are also some potential perceived cons.
The most common tooth replacement option for those with missing teeth is partial dentures. These are removable yet natural-looking oral devices that help restore the form and function of your jaw. Most people envision artificial teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, similar to an orthodontic retainer. And that’s a pretty good summary of how this appliance works.
If you are missing teeth, we want you to know that My Chico Dentist offers a warm and inviting office environment. Not only that, but we’re easy to work with. We have a skilled prosthodontist on the team who can work with you to determine the best tooth replacement options based on your needs. We even offer a loyalty plan to help you afford restorative dentistry care.
Request an appointment today and experience how tooth replacement will give you the smile makeover you want and deserve.