Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Looking to replace a missing tooth or teeth? There are plenty of options out there. When making your decision, be sure to factor in your current health, budget, and situation. Whether you’d like a permanent solution with dental implant surgery or a quick fix like partial dentures—you can repair your smile and have it looking better than ever.

1. Dental Implants

For tooth replacement options, dental implants are about as close to your natural teeth as you can get. An implant is a surgical component made of a titanium rod and crown that is implanted into the jawbone. The rod is integrated into the surrounding jawbone and a crown is then placed on the implant.  Because it requires surgery, dental implants can only be done on healthy patients. Dental implants are extremely stable and comfortable—they look and feel very similar to natural teeth. Implants have a high success rate and don’t require altering of adjacent teeth. Implants act just like normal teeth—they require brushing and flossing like normal. They are permanent and with proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

Because they are the closest thing you can get to your natural teeth, dental implants are a more expensive option. Depending on your health and how well the implants integrate to your jawbone, dental implants can take some time. The jawbone may need months to fully heal. In some cases, the implants and crowns can be placed the same day—it’s case by case.

2. Bridges

Bridges are a fixed dental restoration that uses adjacent teeth to place artificial teeth. Because it’s dependent on surrounding teeth, adjacent teeth will have to be crowned and may be affected in other ways as well. Because bridges are fixed, they are not taken in and out which provides for better function.

In comparison to implants, bridges are more affordable and quicker—mainly because they don’t require surgery. Dental bridges can be done at any age and don’t have the same health requirements that dental implants. Bridges have a lower success rate than implants—they are also less predictable, harder to maintain and keep clean, and are more likely to decay.

3. artial Dentures

Partial dentures are typically the cheapest option for replacing teeth. This option does not require surgery and rarely requires any alterations to surrounding teeth. Partial dentures are removable and less stable—making them a little more uncomfortable. They can be harder to clean than other options. This option is a quick fix, but not as long-lasting.

For more information on dental implants and other tooth replacement options, contact us at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah. Our expert surgeons will help you replace any missing teeth, and have you smile sparkling again in no time. Come see us today for a consultation!