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Replacing Missing Teeth: What Are My Options?

You may not fully appreciate how useful teeth are until they are gone. Missing teeth can cause embarrassment especially when talking or smiling in public. Fortunately, with today’s dental advancements, there are several options you can consider for replacing missing teeth.

Replacing Missing Teeth

1. Dentures

Dentures are removable frames of artificial teeth that are used to replace a few or all missing teeth. There are different categories of dentures and each type serves a different purpose.

  • Conventional Full Dentures

Full dentures consist of upper and lower sets of teeth that fit snugly on the gum. They are made from high-quality materials like porcelain or acrylic for high functionality, comfort, and a natural look. Full dentures are easy to get used to since you don’t have to wear them all the time. However, they do require occasional adjustments to compensate for changes that occur in your jawline over time. 

  • Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a dental appliance that consists of upper or lower artificial teeth designed to replace one or several teeth. Partials provide more stability compared to full dentures because they receive support from adjacent teeth. They are made from materials such as metal, acrylic, and nylon. 

Some types of partials include:

Acrylic metal dentures — they are top-quality acrylic and metal dentures that combine comfort, strength, and durability.

Temporary partials — they are made from acrylic and you only fit them temporarily until you get the permanent dentures.

Flexible partials — they are made from a thinner and softer nylon material for more comfort and an esthetic look.

  • Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures, also called immediate dentures, are fitted after tooth extractions. They give your gums time to heal while helping you carry on with your normal routine as you wait for your permanent dentures.

2. Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial screws made from titanium that are surgically inserted in the jawbone to hold the artificial teeth. They provide a long-term solution for replacing one or a few teeth and can last many years with proper care and maintenance. 

Mini implants can also be inserted under dentures or partials for better support and comfort. Dental implants may be more expensive than dentures, but clients love their long-term service and ability to prevent jawbone deterioration.

3. Dental Bridges 

A Dental bridge is an appliance that bridges the gap between one or more teeth. The bridge is set between two crowns that are placed on either side of the gap (after filing down the healthy teeth for a perfect fit) to replace a missing tooth. They feel and function like natural teeth and can last many years with proper care. 

Choose Dixon Dental Center for Quality Teeth Replacement Service

If you are considering any of the options above to replace missing teeth, talk to our professionals at Dixon Dental Center. With our quality dentures, partials, and implants and decades of restorative dentistry experience, we are confident we can help you choose the best teeth replacement option for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.