What Are the Options for Tooth Replacement?
When the time comes that you must have a tooth extracted and replaced, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating procedure. No matter how big of a procedure you need done, it is important to weigh all your options with your trusted dentist before making the decision as to which tooth replacement method is right for you. There are many different options for replacing a missing or broken tooth, and not all of them are super expensive. In order to help you find the best tooth replacement options for you, we have compiled a list of some of the best options for replacing teeth:
Dental implants are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to tooth replacements. They are known as the most natural looking, stable, and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants also have the advantage of stimulating the bone that is underneath the missing tooth or teeth. This helps to avoid bone loss, which can alter the appearance of the face and cause damage over time.
Dental implants tend to be more expensive up front, but they last longer than other options, thus becoming more cost effective over time as they don’t wear down in the way that other dental replacement options do.
Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge
This option is one of the most common ways to replace missing or damaged teeth. This method intentionally damages the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth in order for them to prop up the implant. More specifically, the teeth on either side of the missing teeth are ground down and a bridge is added across the teeth to support the replacement crown.
While this method is increasingly common due to the cost effectiveness and ease of the procedure, it also has potential dangers. As there is nothing stimulating the jaw bone underneath the missing tooth or teeth, there is the potential that the jaw bone can deteriorate over time. This can cause serious issues, and should be taken into consideration when thinking about a tooth-supported fixed bridge for tooth replacement.
This method is a variation of the bridge described in the previous method. However, it doesn’t involve grinding down the healthy teeth in order to suspend the crown. In this variation, porcelain or metal wings extend from the crown and are bonded to the backs of the healthy teeth in order to suspend it. This option does not last as long as the others, and requires frequent touch-ups as teeth shift and the resin bonding loosens. Also, as with the tooth-supported fixed bridge method, there is no stimulation of the jaw, which can cause deterioration.
Removable Partial Dentures/Full Dentures
Dentures are one of the most common options for tooth replacement, as they are accessible and also very cost-effective. Dentures are a full or partial set of teeth that fit into the gap where one or more teeth are missing. There are a lot of potential problems with dentures, as they can be uncomfortable and awkward for the user. They can limit the user’s ability to comfortably eat and taste food fully. However, they are a widely accessible and affordable option, so many people use dentures as their tooth replacement method.
The options listed above aren’t the only ones available. For a chipped or slightly broken tooth, a veneer is probably your best option. As you can tell, there are many different options for replacing one or more teeth. As always, it is best to consult with a trusted dentist in order to evaluate your needs and the option that will be best for you.
At Del Mar Center for Advanced Dentistry, our staff is dedicated to helping you find the best tooth replacement options for your needs. From consultation to implementation, our highly trained staff will help you feel confident and happy in your smile.