Considerations For Selecting Replacement Teeth

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When you have missing teeth, there are several options you have to fill the gaps. All the options have their own benefits, so how do you decide which is the best for you? Here are things to consider when it comes time to select what method of replacing teeth you want.

What Options are Available?

When you have gaps in your mouth, you have the options of getting dentures, implants, or bridges. Dentures are fake teeth that are glued into place and then removed at the end of the day. While most people are familiar with the full set of dentures, there are partial dentures that use healthy teeth to help stabilize the false teeth insert. Bridges are used for a few missing teeth, and use crowns on the healthy teeth as an anchor. They are often the cheapest solution to filling gaps, but are best when you are only missing one or two teeth. Finally, dental implants are an option that requires an anchor to be surgically attached to the jaw and then a fake tooth is connected.

Option One: Dentures

Dentures are much cheaper than dental implants, and are usually covered by dental insurance. However, they do require a lot more care and paste is needed to attach the teeth to the gums. Some people claim the paste tastes bad, does not stay well, and interferes with the ability to taste food. There are continuing advancements to dentures, especially with partial dentures, allowing these downsides to be lessened.

Option Two: Bridges

As mentioned above, bridges can be the cheapest option available, especially if you are only needing one or two teeth replaced. Just like with dentures, you are given a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent bridge is constructed. The downside to bridges is they do not have a good lifetime, unless you have great oral hygiene. You will need to be prepared to replace the bridges every five to ten years, but with regular check-ups and good hygiene, they can last 15 years or more.

Option Three: Dental Implants

The most expensive option you have for replacement teeth are dental implants. They are rarely covered by dental insurance, so you will need to talk to your dentist about payment plans and discount programs. With a dental implant, you will have a metal anchor embedded into your jawbone, so they will only work in mouths that have enough healthy bone. A few weeks later, you will have the prosthetic tooth fitted to attach to the anchor. While more expensive, this option has the longest life, and they are the easiest to care for.

To speak with a professional, contact a dentist such as Bruce Mathes DDS.


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