5 Possible Solutions for Missing Teeth

by Staff

One of the worst dental problems to have is a missing tooth. Unfortunately, 2.2% of Americans are currently missing at least one tooth, so it’s a familiar pain for many of us.

Fortunately, there are options to replace your missing teeth. Let’s talk about a few of the most popular options!

  1. Dental Implants

Dental implants are unquestionably the longest-lasting, most functional option. They can last a lifetime with proper care, they prevent bone loss, and they are the strongest tooth replacement options. However, they are also the most expensive way to replace missing teeth.

Of course, this pays for itself in the long run, as you may never need to replace it. You also won’t have to worry about breaking it, like you may with other replacement options. Still, if you can’t afford an implant, there are other options!

  1. Bridges

Bridges are similar to implants because they are full crowns. However, they are not implanted into your jawbone in the same way as implants. Instead, they are secured to your gums, existing tooth/roots, or surrounding teeth.

The only downside of bridges is that they don’t last as long. Typically, they will last between five and ten years. Still, they are much more affordable than dental implants.

Other than that, they can potentially harm surrounding teeth, depending on the method of securing your bridge. You’ll have to discuss further with your dentist to learn more!

  1. Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are one of the most affordable ways to replace a missing tooth. You can even get “flippers,” which flip in and out of their positions for ease of use!

You can also remove partial dentures whenever you want, which is great for cleaning your surrounding teeth and gums. Whenever you need to look your best, all you need to do is place your denture in. Maintaining them is also relatively easy compared to other options on the list!

  1. Veneers

Veneers are one of the least expensive options! They are wafer-thin shells that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. This is an especially great option for missing front teeth.

Also, as long as you treat them properly, they can last for a long time, and they are easy to replace. They’re also easy to maintain, much like partial dentures.

If you’re interested, talk to a porcelain veneers dentist today to replace your missing tooth!

  1. Bonding

If you have a partially-missing tooth, you may only need to bond a crown to it. This is a much less invasive procedure than an implant, but it won’t work for a fully missing tooth, unfortunately.

Fix Your Missing Teeth Today

Now that you know some options to replace your missing teeth get the help you need today! Make your smile shine bright just like before. Remember that you can choose your materials, and your dentist can help color match and fit your replacement tooth to your mouth!

Schedule an appointment with your dentist today, and keep reading our blog for our latest health tips!

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