Know Your Tooth Replacement Options
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are multiple options available to patients. The most common options include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Each treatment has its pros and cons, and the best choice will depend on the patient’s needs, goals, and circumstances.
Our Seattle dentists offer various tooth replacement options. We’ll always inform you of all of your options so you can make the best choice for your oral health.
Alternatives for Dental Implants
Dentures are a tried and true option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a set of artificial teeth mounted on a removable acrylic base that fits over the gums. Dentures are a good option for patients missing most or all of their teeth, as they can replace an entire arch. They’re also relatively inexpensive and require little treatment time.
However, dentures can be uncomfortable and may not fit well, causing irritation and soreness. They can also slip and slide around in the mouth, making it difficult to eat and speak, especially in public.
Depending on the patient’s needs, there are multiple denture options available, including:
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement anchored in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge is typically made of porcelain or ceramic and is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. They’re good tooth replacement options for patients who are missing one or a few teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they do require healthy teeth to be altered to support the bridge.
Is Doing Nothing an Option?
Doing nothing is technically an option when it comes to missing teeth, but it’s generally not recommended for several reasons:
- Missing teeth can cause several problems for the remaining teeth and the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift to fill the gap, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Additionally, the jawbone can shrink and deteriorate if it’s not supporting a tooth, causing the face to appear sunken and aged.
- Lost teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak properly. This can lead to trouble eating certain foods and speaking clearly, affecting the quality of life.
- Missing teeth can harm self-esteem and social interactions. People may feel self-conscious about their appearance and avoid smiling or speaking in public.
In light of these issues, it’s recommended to consider tooth replacement options such as dental implants to restore function, aesthetics, and improve overall oral health. Scheduling a consultation with a dental professional will help you understand which option is best for your specific needs and circumstances.
Discover the Best Tooth Replacement for You
While dental implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth, we know they may not be right for everyone. Schedule a consultation with our Seattle dentists today to discuss your tooth replacement options.