Last post, we talked about cavities and how to repair them and, ideally, prevent them. But what happens if you need to actually replace a whole tooth? How does that work? We’ve got that covered too. Here are the most common ways that we handle tooth replacements.
- Implants are a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. An implant is basically an artificial tooth root that is permanently integrated into the jawbone and holds a replacement tooth that has been custom-fitted to the rest of your jaw. Because implants are permanent and low-maintenance, they tend to be a common choice for tooth replacement!
- A bridge is a tooth replacement alternative to implants. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are covered with crowns and a false tooth is suspended between them. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges can be made to cover more than one missing tooth.
Sometimes, depending on the exact location of the missing tooth/teeth in the mouth, we can install an implant-bridge combination. Every situation is different, but we are committed to exploring options and finding the best treatment for you personally! If you would like more information about tooth replacement, schedule an appointment today!