When a single tooth is missing, you may not think it’s a big deal at first. As time passes, you will likely start to notice the repercussions that can appear throughout your day-to-day. For example, chewing food may prove to be more difficult. Your words can begin to slur as speaking becomes more cumbersome. These reasons and more are why Kinsey Drive Family Dental recommends tooth replacement the moment a tooth is lost. When you call our dental office, we’ll help you choose the best treatment option that fits your needs as well as your budget to replace missing teeth in Tyler, TX.
One of the more traditional solutions for missing teeth (both single and multiple consecutive teeth), is dental bridges. These restorations are made up of several crowns fused together. Usually consisting of three or four crowns, the restorations on each end are hollowed out so they can effectively attach to modified teeth adjacent to the gap. The crowns in the center of the bridge fill the gap, preventing neighboring teeth from moving out of place.
Whether you’re missing teeth on opposite sides of your mouth or all the teeth in your top or bottom arch, dentures are an affordable and comprehensive solution for severe tooth loss. Each denture is customized to fit inside your mouth exactly, ensuring the best comfort and longevity possible. While full dentures rely on natural suction (and denture adhesive in the early weeks of use) to stay in place, partial dentures use metal hooks which wrap around teeth to remain stable.
Are you looking for a more reliable solution for replacing teeth? While dental implants do require oral surgery to complete, they are perfect for replacing not just the crown portion of teeth, but the root portion as well. This means you can maintain consistent bone stimulation in your jaw, not just replace your teeth. After the implant is placed, it will need several months to heal and integrate with the jaw. Once it has fully healed, a dedicated crown, bridge or denture can be attached.