If you are missing several teeth, finding a suitable replacement option is of the utmost importance. At the same time, it can feel especially challenging to find something that offers as much stability and natural aesthetics as your smile had before you lost those pearly whites. Fortunately, the Thrive Dental team offers an array of restorative options to help you get your beautiful, confident smile back. Keep reading to find out what they are -- and which one may be best for you!
After you have lost several teeth or when you are on the verge of having some extracted, your restorative dentist will talk to you about your replacement options. There are a few, and the one that is right for you will depend on how many teeth you have lost, the health of your jaw, your budget, and of course your personal preference. Each of the replacement methods is listed in more detail below.
The crown and bridge is a method that uses two teeth surrounding a gap in the smile as anchors to secure the prosthetic teeth (pontics) which fill the space in between. Your dentist will place a crown on each tooth, then cement each replacement tooth together and onto the crowns. The crown and bridge restores the form and function of the smile and also prevents the teeth surrounding the gap from drifting out of place.
An implant-supported bridge offers a solution which does not require altering the healthy remaining teeth as is the case with the crown and bridge. Using just 1 to 2 dental implants, an implant-supported bridge can be affixed into the gap left by the missing teeth. This restorative method is often chosen to replace several teeth because preserves the health of the smile and can be fixed or removable, depending on your preference and unique needs.
When more teeth have gone missing or when you have several gaps in the smile, partial dentures fit in with the remaining teeth like a missing puzzle piece. A traditional partial denture rests on the gums while implant-supported partials are retained by stable dental implant posts. Implant-retained partial dentures will often offer a number of benefits over the traditional solution, including lasting oral and overall health and a more natural-looking replacement option.
The best way to find out which dental implant solution is right for your smile is to book a visit with our team. When you do, we will evaluate your smile carefully to identify your specific oral health needs. Then, you and your dentist will discuss your options to help you come to an informed decision on which replacement method will suit your smile best. Once you have decided, you can look forward to getting started right away!
Dental implants are individually priced, which may make you think that it will be very expensive to replace more missing teeth. This is generally true, but an individual implant post is generally not required for each tooth being replaced. For instance, an implant-retained bridge can function with just 1 to 2 implants -- even if several teeth are missing. To find out precisely what you can expect to pay for your tooth replacement, book a visit with our team today!