There are three basic ways that a dentist can replace your teeth. They can use dental bridges, dental implants, or partial dentures. Each type of replacement has benefits and disadvantages. Some are more permanent than others. However, others are less expensive than others. Here is a quick rundown of the different options that you might see from a dentist.
Partial dentures are the least expensive and most temporary of the options. They’re made similar to whole mouth dentures. However, instead of an entire row of teeth, the partial denture is just the missing teeth. They’re typically made of porcelain and they fit into your mouth. They’re then glued into the mouth with a dental adhesive.
Partial dentures are often the preferred option for people who want something that they can quickly find or that they can afford. They’re very temporary and will need to be replaced from time to time. Natural teeth are about ten times harder than dentures.
A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth that are then installed in your mouth. The pressure of the existing teeth helps to keep them in place. They’re often anchored to the existing teeth as well. If you’re looking for something permanent, a dental bridge is a great option. They’ll stay in your mouth for years and won’t need to be taken out to sleep or eat. They’re slightly more expensive than partial dentures, though. Also, they’re not as permanent as a dental implant.
A dental implant is the most permanent type of tooth replacement. The implant is made from two specific pieces. First, the dentist will install an anchor. That’s the implant. Once that has healed, they will then install a crown into the anchor. The crown is the artificial tooth. The implant itself is a permanent fixture. In fact, the dental implant will ideally integrate with your jaw bones.
Since dental implants become part of your bones, they’re the most permanent and most stable solution. You should consider many different options when you’re looking to replace missing teeth. You should talk with a dentist about your options and your concerns. If your main concern is affordability, a partial denture is likely the best option. If your main concern is permanence, a dental implant will be the best option. If you want a moderate middle ground, you could choose a bridge.
If you have missing teeth and are looking for either permanent or temporary options, please contact Meridian dentist, Dr. Greg Steiner to set up an appointment.