Your smile is one of the first things others see when they meet you. Your teeth were designed to work together to help you eat, drink, speak and smile, so if you are missing one or more teeth, these activities become much more difficult. And it’s not just the teeth in the front that are important – a missing back tooth can also cause your other teeth to shift, potentially causing more serious dental problems developing down the road.
At St. Jacobs Dental Care, our team of experts is highly experienced at helping patients find the best treatment option to replace their missing teeth.
There are three main treatment options that we recommend to our patients with missing teeth:
This is an extremely popular tooth replacement option because it offers a very similar look, feel, and function of natural teeth. To get dental implants, your St. Jacob’s dentist will surgically implant a post into your jawbone to create a stable foundation for your replacement tooth, and make sure it is just as durable as your natural teeth. Think of this post like the roots to your tooth. Once that post (or root) is in place, a dental crown that looks like a natural tooth is placed on top. A dental crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits on top of a natural tooth or dental implant. At this point, the dental implant and crown look and feel like you were born with them. They blend right in with your smile, giving you back the confidence that comes with a bright, full set of teeth.
A bridge is a tooth replacement option that fills in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. It is often also referred to as a fixed bridge or fixed dental prosthesis. A bridge is typically composed of an artificial tooth that is fused between two crowns. Since the bridge is attached to the natural teeth or dental implants that are in place on either side of the gap, they are held firmly in place to allow your teeth to function as normal.
Partial dentures are the fastest and least expensive option for tooth replacement, but they’re also the shortest-term solution. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that is pink or gum-coloured to blend in with the natural appearance of your mouth. They are custom made to fit your unique anatomy. Some partial dentures have a metal frame and clasps that connect to your teeth, but there are also other connectors that are made to look more natural, like precision attachments.
There are pros and cons to each of these tooth replacement options. If you are missing teeth and are ready to have them replaced, call our team at St. Jacobs Dental Care today. We’ll be happy to work with you to assess all of your options and build the best treatment plan for you and your unique situation.