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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

What are the options for replacing missing teeth?


Posted on 10/31/2023 by Dr. Boustany
Close up of a dentist examining a woman’s teeth at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaDoing nothing is the easiest way to deal with a lost tooth, it costs nothing. Now, you may choose to leave a space if a tooth is lost, especially if it is a non-visible tooth. This is not a good option. Your teeth cooperate for different functions. For instance, if you leave a back tooth empty, the teeth around the area begin to curve into the gap area. This will eventually get you crooked teeth. To prevent this, we are offering different options for replacing your teeth. These options give you a wide variety of choices depending on your needs.

Partial and removable dentures


Cosmetic replacements like dentures are removable. It is an inexpensive way to replace your missing teeth. The dentures are designed using acrylic or porcelain. A pink acrylic is used to set the teeth into the pink base of your gum. For comfort, the dentures are removable. Before lying down to sleep, you need to remove and clean the dentures. They are a long-lasting method that might serve you for an average of 5-8 years.

Bridges


Do you think you might forget your removable dentures in some instances? The solution to that is getting a dental bridge. It is considered if the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong. A bridge consists of a series of combined dental crowns. They are more expensive than dentures, you can be assured of a natural look and comfort. They are also durable and should be taken care of. They require modifying the surrounding teeth to support the restoration.

Dental implants


The most reliable way of all these methods is getting dental implants. If a single tooth is to be replaced, a crown tooth can be fitted using implants. It reduces the need to shape or cut the surrounding teeth for a perfect fit. They are roughly the same price as bridges. The implants are fitted into the jawbone making them remain as stable as the natural teeth. The procedure can be done to replace multiple teeth.

In conclusion, the best choice depends on, how willing you are to invest in the treatment and how many teeth need replacement. The procedures are done by skilled orthodontists with more than 5 years of training and deployment in the field. We would love to discuss your oral needs and guide you through the available options. Talk to us today.

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