Do you have missing teeth? Worried about how best to replace them?
There are various replacement options available and these are best decided in consultation with your dentist. The treatment option most suitable for you would depend on the condition of your gums, remaining dentition and the bone levels.
Your dentist would carry out a thorough examination and ask for some x-rays before deciding on the best treatment strategy for you. In general, one of the following alternatives will be offered to you:
Dentures: These are removable and of two types. They can be either partial (where some teeth remain) or complete dentures. As they can be taken in and out, and may move somewhat – these are generally the least favorable option. But for some patients, perhaps due to financial limitations – they may be the only choice. Read more on dentures here.
Fixed Bridges: A dental bridge is used to restore gaps with the support of the remaining adjacent teeth, which act as anchors. Bridges are fixed by the dentist by using cement and cannot be removed by patients. They can be made up of various materials like white metal, ceramic fused to metal and metal free ceramics. Bridges are custom made and restore the natural contour of the smile as well as proper bite relation of upper and lower teeth. Read more here.
Implants: The latest solution for replacing a lost tooth is a dental implant. They are an almost natural replacement for lost teeth, in terms of how they are anchored, look and feel in the mouth. They are synthetic structures made of titanium to be placed in the area once occupied by the root of the missing tooth. Implants are anchored to the jaw bone and act as a foundation for an artificial crown, bridge or denture. We have lots more advice on implants here.
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To know more details about the missing teeth replacement options, and what is best for your needs, please consult your dentist for professional guidance and treatment.
At Bay Smile Dental, we try to make your visit a very pleasant one. Dr. Jaspreet Harika is an experienced Fremont Dentist serving Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, Milpitas and surrounding areas. She uses gentle techniques to perform dental procedures, to make it a painless dental experience for her patients. Dr. Harika has gone through specialized training in dental implants.
Please contact us at 510-284.2511 to setup your appointment. For non-emergency appointments, you can also Click here to request an appointment online. We will call or e-mail you to setup your appointment as per your convenience.