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A missing tooth can certainly change the appearance of your smile. Whether a missing tooth is the result of gum disease, injury, severe tooth decay, or a genetic condition, a missing tooth can cause several problems. Regardless of the way a tooth is lost, it can negatively impact the alignment of your teeth over time and cause a number of problems down the road if it isn’t replaced. In these cases, your dentist will help to determine the best tooth replacement options. In dentistry, we are looking to ensure that you have healthy and strong teeth that allow you to eat smile, and talk confidently. Everyone’s best option is different. What are the tooth replacement options available?

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement. Dental implants are a very reliable type of tooth replacement that both looks and feels like a real tooth. Dental implants provide a permanent solution if you need to replace a single tooth, or multiple teeth, in different areas. If taken care of, dental implants can last you a lifetime. The process of placing your dental implant can be somewhat lengthy. It begins with the replacement of your tooth’s root with metal screws, which will be used as an anchor for the false tooth placed on top. Once the screws have been put into place, you will need to allow the implant to heal for a few months, during which time, the implant becomes securely fused to your jawbone. Once the implant has healed completely, a dental crown will be placed on top and secured. Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth. Dental implants help preserve bone and bone tissue. You can brush and floss normally, making them easier to keep clean. They are one of the most expensive tooth replacement options, ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000.

Fixed Bonded Bridges

These are used to fill gaps in your smile, a dental bridge is held in place by abutment teeth on the easier side of the gap. A crown is placed on the teeth, which are next to the missing ones, and cemented into place. The procedure is completed over a few visits. A tooth-supported bridge provides the same realistic look and feels like that of a dental implant. There is no surgery required, so the process is less invasive. A tooth-supported bridge is a more economical option compared to dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures

Traditional dentures are bulkier and can cause bone shrinkage and deterioration of the muscle tissue. Compared to a complete set of dentures for all your teeth, removable partial dentures are suggested for individuals with a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are clasped into its correct place, which ensures that the false teeth are held in the appropriate spots. The dentures must be removed and cleaned on a daily basis and removed before sleeping. This type of replacement is the most affordable.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures sometimes called snap in dentures are a great option for individuals who are seeking an affordable option to significantly improve their ability to chew and smile. The support of the implant allows the dental fixture to be shaped into a horseshoe, reducing the bulkiness and opening the palate to create more space for the tongue and better ability to taste the food. Implant-supported dentures are sturdier and do not require adhesive. The individual can improve their diet by including fruits, veggies, steaks, corn on the cob, and other foods one would typically have to avoid with traditional dentures. Also, implant-supported dentures significantly improve patients’ confidence to smile and speak. This type of dentures is removable, and you’ll be able to snap it on and off as many times as needed. This means that cleaning and maintaining the denture is just as easy as a traditional denture.

Full-arch Dental Implants

Sometimes referred to as an implanted bridge or all-on-four. The full arch dental implant is less likely to become loose over time and is fixed. It preserves the bone and muscle tone and allows for confident eating and talking. Full arch dental implants are the closest to tooth replacement option to natural teeth. Of course, they are the most expensive. The cost of treating a full-arch with a dental implant-supported fixed bridge can exceed $100,000 per arch. Since this is a permanent fixture there is no risk of shifting or slipping throughout the day, they provide the look and feel of natural teeth.

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About Torbeck Dental

Torbeck Dental treats every patient with dignity and excellent care. We are highly-trained dental professionals with exceptionally friendly and helpful service. We understand that for many, visiting a dentist can be a stressful experience so our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff will ease any fears you may have. We are here to help you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile! Our dental team are a group experienced professionals using the latest treatments. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan. We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence!