How do you replace missing teeth? - Smile Exchange

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There are three main options for replacing missing teeth: dentures, implants and bridges.

With dentures, one of more teeth are replaced with teeth that can be taken out of your mouth. Dentures take some getting used to and will never fully feel like your natural teeth. However, dentures prove to be an affordable option to begin to restore your smile.

Full dentures are right for you if you are missing all your teeth in one or both jaws. With full dentures, the new arch is supported either by your gums or dental implants.

Partial dentures are a solution if you’re only missing some teeth. Partial dentures can be supported by your gums, existing teeth or dental implants.

Immediate dentures are a great solution for individuals in need of teeth extraction who want an immediate solution for the missing teeth. With immediate dentures, a temporary, removable denture is made the same day as the teeth extraction, allowing patients to have fully functional dentures while their gums heal.

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants may be a good option. A dental implant is a small, titanium post placed in the bone where the previous tooth was. A crown is then placed on top of the implant and the result is a fixed, permanent restoration that has function and biting strength similar to your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The implant-supported bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant-supported bridge does not need support from the teeth next to it.

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace the missing teeth and some of the tooth roots. Because the dental implants integrate (or “fuse”) with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture tends to be comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.

Whether you have dentures, implants or a bridge, good dental hygiene is still very important. These will help keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria and remove plaque which can discolor and stain your new teeth. Make sure to see your dentist regularly for the appropriate cleanings.