I Have Missing Teeth. What Are My Tooth-Replacement Options?

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Unfortunately, having missing teeth can hinder your oral health more than you might realize. It not only affects your appearance and lowers your self-esteem, but it also inhibits your ability to chew and speak and it also promotes orthodontic issues. So, it’s best to replace your missing tooth or teeth as soon as possible. Luckily, you have many options available that can help you do so, like dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Dentures are replacement teeth that you can have in your smile whenever you feel is necessary, which means they’re removable. There are two denture options to choose from, which are complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are made to replace all of your teeth, whether it’s the teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, while partial dentures are made to fill a gap in your smile.

A dental bridge is beneficial if you have a desire to permanently fill a gap in your smile without going through invasive surgery. The bridge has a dental crown on each end and one or more false teeth in the middle. It is anchored on the neighboring natural teeth on both sides of the gap and it gives you natural-looking results.

A dental implant can also provide permanent results because they can replace your missing teeth and their roots. However, placing an implant does require surgery, but it offers a strong replacement tooth for a lifetime. When replacing a tooth with a dental implant, your dentist will insert a titanium post, which is called an abutment, into your jawbone and, after the post has integrated with the underlying bone, he will cover that post with a dental crown.

Now that you know all about your tooth replacement options in Provo, Utah, it’s time to call Rock Canyon Dental at 801-373-6362 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Joseph Kayne and our dental team will be more than happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and help you determine which option is best for you. We look forward to hearing from you!