Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted on: December 2, 2018

Missing teeth can create a lot of problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to fix the problem, allowing you to smile with confidence once again.

Removable dentures

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dentists recommend getting dentures if you have lost most of your natural teeth. This is because they are functional and reasonably priced. Dentures come in two forms: Complete dentures and partial dentures, while both are removable.

Partial dentures are used when you still have a lot of your natural teeth left. Your dentist will attach the replacement teeth to a gum-colored plastic base connected by a metal frame that holds it in place in your mouth.

Complete dentures are used when you have lost most of your natural teeth. The dentures are made after your remaining natural teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This is typically eight to 12 weeks after the tooth extraction.

The biggest problem people have with dentures is that they take a while to get used to and the replacement teeth do not look as real as your natural teeth. Dentures are also known to slip out of place, affecting your speech and ability to chew.

Fixed bridges

Using a fixed bridge is an effective way of replacing missing teeth. They are commonly used when you are trying to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of your dentist using two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to create a bridge that will hold the tooth in place

Your dentist can also put a removable bridge on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, allowing you to remove the false tooth. These types of bridges are held in place by an acrylic base with metal clamps to keep the tooth in place. Since the bridge is removable, you can take out the false tooth and clean it regularly to avoid the buildup of food particles and plaque.

Dental implants

These have become one of the most effective methods of replacing missing teeth, especially if you only want to replace a few teeth.

Titanium posts, which act as tooth roots, are fused to your jawbone. After the bone and gums have healed and the metal post is properly held in place, your dentist will screw a false tooth, also known as the implant, to the titanium post. Implants are usually made from porcelain and look like your natural teeth, making it difficult to tell that you have implants in your mouth.

If you want to get implants for multiple missing teeth, your dentist will recommend getting hybrid implant dentures. These are dentures fixed onto implants. It is very effective in replacing rows of teeth. And, since they are permanently fixed in place, they are very easy to maintain.


These are some of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth and you want to cover up the holes, talk to your dentist to find out which procedure is right for you.

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