Living with one or more missing teeth is a daily struggle. You may feel embarrassed about smiling, talking, or speaking in front of others. You may have difficulties chewing and eating the foods you would normally enjoy. All of this takes a toll on your nutrition, health, and confidence! The good news is that there are multiple options available to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Deborah Romack and Dr. Garrett Mulkey are your premiere Weatherford dentists who will explain your options for replacing missing teeth.
Just like the name implies, a dental bridge uses one or more prosthetic teeth to “bridge the gap” left by your missing teeth. Anchoring to dental crowns, a bridge works well for replacing missing teeth that are adjacent. It’s important to take care of your anchor teeth when you have a bridge in order to ensure the longevity of your restoration.
Full or Partial Dentures
Dentures and partials are removable appliances designed to replace multiple missing teeth, or an entire arch of missing teeth. A partial anchors to your remaining teeth with a metal clasp and fills in the open spaces with prosthetic teeth attached to the partial. This option is ideal for patients who still retain a large number of healthy teeth.
A full denture is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. Typically made of acrylic, a denture is designed to look like your natural teeth. It utilizes suction and sometimes a dental adhesive to stay in place. There is a learning curve for patients, as it takes time to get used to eating, talking and chewing with a new denture, however it immediately restores your smile.
This is by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth because it most closely mimics your natural tooth. Using a titanium post to replace your root and a porcelain crown to replace your tooth, a dental implant is the only replacement option that helps to protect the health of both your teeth and bone. Dental implants are durable, reliable, and easy to care for, as you’ll be able to brush and floss as you normally would.
Implants can also be used to support dental bridges and dentures, which provides a more stable and secure fit. Because implants keep your bone healthy and stimulated, this is a great way for patients missing multiple teeth to protect their oral health.
At Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, our doctors have the knowledge and expertise to restore your smile from start to finish. Whether you choose implant dentistry, a bridge, or denture, you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving a restoration you can trust.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from living the life you deserve! Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help restore your smile.