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3 Tooth Replacement Options

November 9, 2012

Dental Implants vs Bridges vs Dentures: Which Tooth Replacement Option is Best? Looking our best and feeling great are important to us all, which is why it is wise to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout your life. However, sometimes things happen and we face the issue of missing teeth. The loss of a tooth in the back of your mouth can make your mouth sink and cause your face to look older. All of your teeth work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing, it's difficult to do these things that many take for granted. Choosing the correct tooth replacement treatment is very important.

If you're missing teeth and are wondering about what can be done about it, here are 3 tooth replacement options:

1. Dental Implants: Implants look and feel like normal teeth. They are composed of a metal post inserted beneath your gum and fused to the bone in your jaw where a replacement tooth "crown" is mounted on the implant. Dental implants are considered permanent and are made to blend in with the way your original teeth look and feel.

2. Fixed Bridges: sometimes called "permanent dentures", fixed bridges are a type of restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed partial denture is bonded or cemented into the teeth around it and only a dentist can remove it. Unlike dental implants, bridges require special care.

3. Removable Partial Dentures: sometimes called a "removable bridge", partial dentures can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable partial dentures are generally less expensive, fixed bridges or dental implants may feel more stable and comfortable. Ask Dr. Reese which dental treatment is best for you.

Now that you've reviewed your tooth replacement options call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment so we can meet to evaluate which option is best for you.