Which tooth replacement option is right for me?
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering which tooth replacement option is the best for your case. The answer depends on your current state of oral health and your preferences when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Bridges, partials, and dental implants are some of the tooth replacement solutions that we offer.
A bridge is used to close the gap left by a missing tooth by suspending a replacement tooth in between the two teeth on either side of the gap. This form of tooth replacement makes your smile look more consistent, stabilizes your bite, and prevents teeth from shifting.
You may want to consider a partial denture if you have multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will design your removable partial to meet your needs. They're made from a gum-colored plastic material and appear natural and discreet. Your partial will let you chew and smile again in comfort.
One or more dental implants can also be used to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are placed in the bone of your jaw using a titanium base and a lifelike crown that is visible above the gum line. The crown is attached to the base using an abutment piece. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, the bone in your jaw needs to be healthy enough to support your implant. If you have poor bone density, this condition does not necessarily rule out the possibility of dental implant surgery in the future. Dental implants are very functional and look so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the difference between the implant and your other teeth!
The best way to determine what tooth replacement option is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with your Maine Family Dental Practice Dentist. Your caring and knowledgeable dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, listen to your questions and concerns, and design an appropriate tooth replacement plan for you!