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Best Ways to Replace A Missing Tooth

Dentist helping a patient choose dental implants for a missing tooth.

Everyone dreams of flaunting a beautiful picture-perfect smile that can light up any room. But what happens if you fall and lose your front tooth or worse, lose several teeth due to decay or gum disease? 

It is crucial to get a dental checkup when you are missing teeth because everyday tasks like speaking or chewing can become complicated if left unchecked. If your missing teeth are left neglected, the shape of your mouth and bite may change. Missing teeth may cause pain when shifting to compensate for space. 

Our professional dentists at Newbury Dental Group can replace missing teeth to maintain a healthy smile. We have several surgical options to replace missing teeth. We want to educate you on some dental cosmetic procedures that can improve your smile. 

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most popular procedures to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. This type of cosmetic dental procedure is great for filling in missing spaces throughout your smile. They resemble a natural tooth, are stable, comfortable, and require less maintenance compared to the other options for replacing missing teeth.

However, dental implants typically require surgery and are not the first option for replacing multiple missing teeth next to each other. Dental implants tend to be more costly, but bridges and dentures are other solutions to replace missing teeth.

Bridges

Dental bridges are the second most popular solution to single-tooth replacements and are a cheaper alternative to dental implants. Essentially, bridges use an artificial tooth close a gap caused by a missing tooth using an artificial tooth. 

Bridges look and feel like natural teeth and are the best option to replace the molars that we rely on for chewing. A resin-retained ridge is an excellent alternative for missing front teeth, which do not experience as much pressure from eating.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture can replace a small section of missing teeth. Partial dentures are attached to a base that matches the color of your natural teeth and gums. This type of denture is used for aesthetic appeal and chewing. They are less durable than a tooth implant or bridge when worn for an extended amount of time. 

 

Complete Dentures 

Two types of removable complete dentures can replace all teeth in the upper or lower arch of your mouth. They are called conventional dentures and immediate dentures. 

Conventional dentures involve removing all teeth eight weeks before installing new dentures. Immediate dentures remove teeth behind the canines, allowing the gum tissue to heal for eight weeks. Immediate dentures will enable patients to smile with their front teeth while their dentures are constructed.

Which Cosmetic Dental Procedure is Best for You? 

A professional dentist in thousand oaks is the best way to ensure you find the perfect solution to enhance your smile. Schedule an appointment at the Newbury Dental Group dental office so you can learn which option is the best for you. 

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