Did you know that on average, adults between 20 and 64 have three or more decayed or missing teeth? Besides being a cosmetic issue, large spaces between teeth can affect speaking and eating. Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will move over time, causing bite problems and could potentially lead to bone loss. Thankfully, there are options that can preserve your smile.
An implant is most like a natural tooth. An artificial tooth root is implanted in your jaw to hold an artificial replacement tooth. Implants work best in patients who are in otherwise good dental health and do not have periodontal disease.
Bridges anchor to adjacent teeth, and can be permanent or removable. Rather than being implanted, the bridge is cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Depending on your dental health and cost considerations, a bridge might be a better option than an implant. There are many different types of bridges depending on which tooth or teeth are being replaced, what material is being used, and your current dental health.
Dentures are for people that have lost a number of teeth, or who have advanced periodontal disease. Sometimes partial dentures can work with remaining healthy teeth.
If you have concerns about missing teeth, talk to us at your next dental check-up and we can discuss your options.