It’s never fun to lose a tooth. If you have, you are one of about 120 million people in the U.S. to not have a complete smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth aren’t just unsightly. They can harm the health of your smile and the function of your other teeth. If you find yourself with a missing tooth, you have options! Dr. Thomas Bissell explains the choices you have to replace a lost tooth:
Partial or Full Denture
A partial or full denture is a removable appliance that is made up of one or more artificial teeth attached to a plastic (gum-colored) base. This appliance is customized so that when you put it in your mouth, it fills the gaps left after tooth loss or rests comfortably on your gums if you have lost all your teeth. Partial and full dentures do an adequate job of restoring function and can improve the aesthetics of your smile.
A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that attaches to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are made up of a series of dental crowns, so they look natural and are virtually as strong as natural teeth. Because bridges are attached to existing teeth, they require that these teeth be healthy as they will have to be reduced in size to accommodate the bridge when it is cemented in place.
Dental implants permanently restore the health, function, and aesthetics of missing teeth. Dr. Bissell commonly recommends dental implants in Chester, NJ for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are permanent because they act like natural teeth by being surgically placed in your jaw bone where they integrate like a tooth root. Restored with a dental crown, bridge, or full arch prosthesis, dental implants are many patients’ first choice!
Deciding which tooth replacement option is best for you should be discussed with a dental specialist. Dr. Bissell is a periodontist with decades of experiencing restoring teeth with dental implants in Chester, NJ. Schedule your consultation today!