Replacing Missing Teeth
- Posted on: Feb 1 2014
Even with the best oral health care, people sometimes lose a tooth. It used to be that replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, meant getting partial dentures or a dental bridge. Today we can span that gap with dental implants!
A removable partial denture or bridge consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum colored plastic base. This is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. A fixed or permanent bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by placing crowns on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them to span the gap. The bridge is cemented into place. These restoration do more than fix the hole in your smile, they also serve as “space holders” for your remaining teeth and keep them from changing position.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or can be used to support bridges or even a full set of dentures! The dental implant serves as an artificial tooth root and the crown or bridge is placed on top of it. Dental implants also do more than replace a missing tooth, they have been shown to help maintain bone health in the area where the teeth are missing.
Dental implants are typically more expensive than a standard dental bridge or partial denture but they feel more like real teeth and most people are much happier with implants versus partial dentures or standard bridges. Not everyone is a candidate for implants, however.
Find out if dental implants are right for you by contacting Dr. John Highsmith in Asheville, NC today at 828-627-9282.
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