Missing teeth are linked to additional tooth loss and other oral health problems, so it is a good idea to replace them. Replacement can be done with dentures, bridges, or implants. Here is an overview of each of these options.
Traditional dentures are removable and come in partial and full versions. Today, patients can also get dentures that snap onto dental implants, which keep them firmly in place. Dentures are often the fastest method of replacing teeth.
Dental bridges can replace one or several teeth between adjacent remaining teeth or implants. Basically, bridges work by holding artificial teeth in place of the missing teeth. The results are stationary, but some external hardware makes extra cleaning necessary.
Dental implants are the preferred mode of tooth replacement. Inserted into the jaw bone, where they fuse with the bone tissue, implants are actually more stable than real teeth. They are topped with natural-looking crowns, and have no external hardware. However, treatment time is longer than with other options.
Regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose, you will regain the ability to eat and speak normally, and smile with confidence. You can schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist in San Francisco to discuss your tooth replacement choices.