When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are multiple options available to patients. The most common options include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Each treatment has its pros and cons, and the best choice will depend on the patient’s needs, goals, and circumstances.
Dentures are a traditional option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a set of artificial teeth mounted on a removable acrylic base that fits over the gums. Dentures are a good option for patients missing most or all of their teeth, as they can replace an entire arch. They’re also relatively inexpensive and made quickly.
However, dentures can be uncomfortable and may not fit well, causing irritation and soreness. They can also slip and move around in the mouth, making it difficult to eat and speak.
Depending on the patient’s needs, there are multiple denture options available, including:
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement anchored in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge is typically made of porcelain or ceramic and is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. They’re good options for patients who are missing one or a few teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they do require healthy teeth to be altered to support the bridge.
Doing nothing is technically an option when it comes to missing teeth, but it’s generally not recommended for several reasons:
In light of these issues, it’s recommended to consider tooth replacement options such as dental implants to restore function, aesthetics, and improve overall oral health.
Scheduling a consultation with our Grand Haven dental professionals will help you understand which option is best for your specific needs and circumstances.
While dental implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth, we know they may not be right for everyone. Schedule a consultation with our Grand Haven dentist today to discuss your tooth replacement options.