What are the best options to replace missing teeth? If you're missing or have broken teeth, then you need to research and find the best way to replace them.
The truth is:
You have several options and should speak to your dentist to find the best one. Ideally, you want a teeth-replacement solution that looks and feels natural.
If you're exploring options, you've probably heard of restorative and cosmetic dentistry
. If you're not familiar, restorative and cosmetic dentistry involves fixing teeth and improving their appearance.
But you're probably still thinking:
What procedures are available to replace partially missing teeth vs. teeth that are completely missing?
The quick answer includes dental implants, dentures, crowns and bridges, bonding, and porcelain veneers.
The more detailed answer:
The best options for teeth replacement depend on the scope of work and your smile goals. Dentists offer several procedures, and each involves a different amount of work and time, along with a difference in cost.
It's also important to note that not all teeth-replacement solutions are permanent.
The good news?
You have options to help you smile confidently again!
Replacement options for missing and broken teeth:
Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. A metal post is put in place of the root, and an artificial tooth that looks and feels natural replaces the missing tooth.
The process takes some time because the implant will fuse to the jawbone. The result is a comfortable, durable, and natural smile. You'll be able to speak, eat, and smile as if they were your own.
Are dental implants used for individual teeth replacement?
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several, or all missing teeth.
For multiple missing teeth, dentures are a great and long-lasting fix. Tooth loss can be unsettling, to say the least. Most often, it can occur from a physical injury, tooth decay, or disease.
Whatever the cause, dentures by Dr. Sal
, your dentist in Pittston, PA, are completely custom made. They're designed to fit in your mouth perfectly and look natural.
You may be wondering: Can dentures be made for a single missing tooth?
The answer is yes! From individual missing teeth to several, dentures help give you the beautiful smile you deserve.
Dental crowns & bridges
Dental crowns are available for partially missing teeth or teeth replaced by dental implants. They are tooth-shaped caps, available in different materials, to cover the existing partial tooth or implant.
For completely missing teeth, dental bridges with crowns are used to bridge the gap between existing teeth.
How do dental bridges replace missing teeth?
A bridge places a series of connected crowns where a tooth or several teeth are missing. Crowns on the outside cover existing teeth, while a filler tooth between the crowns fills the gap. Several materials are available for dental crowns and bridges.
For teeth that are partially missing, bonding is a long-term fix but not a permanent one. Typically, it can last for up to 10 years, depending on how extensive the procedure is.
While dental bonding will last for years to come, it only takes one visit to complete. From broken teeth to chipped and cracked teeth, bonding helps make your smile complete.
How does bonding work to fix teeth that aren't whole?
A tooth-colored material is used to match your existing smile, and it is bonded and shaped to the remaining structure. The result is a natural look and feel, at a lower price than porcelain veneers.
Another option for partially missing teeth is the application of porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are customized to match or improve your existing smile.
You may be wondering: Do porcelain veneers last longer than bonded teeth?
Yes, porcelain veneers can last for decades with proper care.
Salvatore J Infantino DMD: Your dentist in Pittston, PA
To find the best option for replacing missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Salvatore J Infantino DMD in Pittston. We have several dental options for fixing any smile flaw. Contact us to schedule a visit.
And don't even think about putting your appointment off until later. According to the ADAOpens in new window for ADA website about missing teeth
A large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it's not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth.
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