Consulting your dentist is an important first step when it comes to replacing missing teeth. To give you an idea of the options, before you head to the office, read about the five choices you have when it comes to bringing back your healthy smile.
- Dental Implant
This is the optimal choice when you only have one or two teeth to replace. Implants require surgery to fuse a replacement tooth onto your jawbone. The benefits of dental implants Brooklyn include low maintenance and the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants can withstand damage for years and rarely need to be repaired or replaced. Because this is a surgical procedure it can be the most pricey option.
- Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is the least expensive tooth replacement option. Mostly used to fill in small gaps in the teeth, they function normally and are great for chewing. These are the least durable option, but are inexpensive to repair. Using them for extended periods of time can lead to discomfort.
- Removable Complete Denture
If most of your teeth are missing, you may want to consider complete dentures. While a fairly invasive procedure, requiring multiple dentist visits, removable complete dentures can be highly functional and aesthetically appealing. Take care of your teeth each evening with a proper cleaning routine to maintain the new appearance of your dentures.
- Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge can be more cost effective than a dental implant while still looking natural and functioning well. Numerous visits to the dentist are required to perform the steps necessary to place a bridge. An implant must be installed and a custom bridge made to span the distance between the missing teeth. Once the custom bridge is created, it will be fitted and does not require removal.
- Resin-Retained Bridge
Less invasive than a fixed bridge, a resin-retained bridge is best for missing front teeth. They are less durable than a fixed bridge, but also less costly and because the front teeth use less pressure, this type of bridge can avoid being damaged.
Regaining chewing abilities, proper speech patterns and a healthy smile are all benefits to replacing missing teeth. All five options work well and your choice relies on how many missing teeth you have, your ability to care for removable options and how much you can afford. Your dentist can answer all of your questions and help you make the best choice for your needs.