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Replace Missing Teeth

You have the choice when it comes to replacing your missing tooth or teeth. We've broken down each option by using a rating system with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Every patient's needs are different and one option may not be the best for your situation. With this in mind, we have also included the pros and cons of each option.

Dental Implants

Implants

titanium & zirconium options available

Esthetics

10

Longevity

Function

10

10

Cost

7

Total

37

Dental Implants are one of the best solutions for missing teeth as they serve to replace your natural teeth and integrate into your jawbone. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth with a beautiful porcelain crown. They can replace multiple teeth in the same area such as an implant-supported bridge. They are also a great addition to dentures - both partial and complete dentures! Implants act as anchors for your denture to lock into place leading to a more enjoyable lifestyle.

PROS:

  1. Implants assist in the regrowth of the supporting bone structure. Treating the implant like a regular tooth, the body will continue to supply vital nutrients to the site of the implant.

  2. Implants can help patients regain their speech.

  3. Implants are not susceptible to decay. They still require routine cleanings and good home care, but have a very low failure rate.

CONS:

  1. Implants can be costly and require a lengthy time investment. The beginning to the end of your treatment may take 6-8 months.

  2. Not every person is a candidate for implants. Diagnostic steps will be taken to determine if you are a candidate.

  3. Implants are susceptible to infection if not properly cleaned through home care and regular visits to your hygienist.

Porcelain Bridges

Dental Bridge

porcelain based fixed structure

Esthetics

9

Longevity

Function

8

10

Cost

8

Total

35

A dental bridge is a good option to restore 1-2 missing teeth in the same area of the mouth. Missing teeth are replaced with a pontic or fake tooth that is fabricated to connect to adjacent teeth which serve as abutments. Bridges can be fabricated with porcelain and match perfectly with your natural teeth.

PROS:

  1. Same-day treatment is possible with CEREC technology. You can have your bridge prepped, designed, and delivered in one appointment.

  2. The life span of a bridge is typically 8-10 years if taken care of properly including optimal home care and regular hygiene visits.

  3. A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis which means it does not require you to take it out and clean it.

CONS:

  1. Special home care is required to ensure the longevity of your bridge. This includes flossing under the bridge to remove food or bacteria that will build up in that area.

  2. Your gingiva or gums can start to recede or pull away from the teeth and bridge. This leads to black triangles or spaces that cannot be corrected without further treatment such as gum recession treatment or a new bridge.

  3. Bone loss will continue to occur at the site of the missing tooth. This can lead to recession or deeper pockets on the teeth that serve as the abutments for the bridge.

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Dentures

full and partial options

Esthetics

9

Longevity

Function

7

8

Cost

8

Total

32

Dentures are a good option to replace multiple or all your teeth. Through a thorough process of measurements, try-in's, and approvals, your denture will be custom-made to give you the smile you've been missing. Dentures can either replace all your teeth which is called a complete denture.​ Dentures can also replace multiple teeth on the same arch which is called a partial denture.

PROS:

  1. When worn as recommended, dentures can help preserve your facial structure and avoid the "sunken-face" appearance.

  2. The life span of a denture is typically 7-10 years if taken care of properly including optimal home care. Dentures should be brushed like regular teeth and brought in for regular cleanings and polishings.

  3. You can begin to eat some of your favorite foods again with dentures restoring function on both the top and bottom teeth.

CONS:

  1. Your gum tissue and bone structure will continue to change over time due to the lack of teeth in the jawbone. As the gums recede and bone loss occurs, the denture will become less stable and secure requiring either a new denture or a reline.

  2. Dentures must be taken out at night to prevent build up of bacteria which can lead to issues such as thrush.

  3. Lower complete dentures are infamous for their lack of stability. Unless implants are used to secure the lower denture, it can be cumbersome to talk and eat.

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No Treatment

extraction only

Esthetics

5

Longevity

Function

3

3

Cost

10

Total

21

You always have the choice to not do any treatment after you have a tooth or teeth extracted. While this is an option, there are some things to consider.

PROS:

  1. Save money.

CONS:

  1. While saving money initially, the long-term effects leads to a higher cost. This includes loss of bone and receding gums, which will effect the neighboring teeth.

  2. Reduced quality of life happens when you start to loose teeth without replacing them. It becomes harder to to eat your favorite foods. It also affects your speech to loose teeth.

  3. Additional strain is placed on the remaining teeth. This can lead to weaker teeth and possible cause fractures or breaks that may lead to more teeth being extracted.