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How to replace a missing tooth?

Missing teeth lead to several problems, including changes in appearance and misalignment of the rest of the teeth. They affect speech and chewing and compromise bone integrity. Fortunately, there are many options available today to replace a missing tooth. You can have dental implants, implant-supported bridge, tooth-supported bridge and removable partial dentures to replace your missing teeth.

Also Read: Dentures: Your New Artificial Teeth

Dental implants

Implants are one of the best options because they integrate with your natural bone. Having healthy gums and sufficient jawbone support is necessary for dental implantation.

The patient should also maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.

It depends on the patient’s health whether the implant placement is carried out on the same day, followed by extraction, or placed later. The cause for delay could be a bone infection or bone loss.

Benefits of implants as a tooth replacement

  • The treatment success rate is high, almost 95 percent.
  • They are permanent and long-lasting.
  • Implants appear to be more natural than other solutions.
  • They offer a pleasing appearance.
  • Implants are the most effective tooth replacement option for preventing jawbone loss.
  • They do not demand any changes to the adjacent teeth.

Also Read: Full Mouth Dental Implants: Costs and Procedure

Implant-supported bridge

An implant-supported bridge is the treatment of choice when multiple teeth are missing. The treatment plan depends on the number of teeth missing and the placement of the implants to support the bridge.

It is helpful if you have no teeth in a mouth for full mouth rehabilitation with an implant-supported bridge.

It simply requires two steps:

  • Placement of implants into a jawbone
  • Placement of bridge on implants

Benefits of an implant-supported bridge

  • A cost-effective option.
  • It restores multiple teeth in a row.
  • The bridge is just as effective as a dental implant and has a more natural appearance.
  • It lasts longer than a removable partial denture.

Tooth supported bridge

When one or two teeth are missing, a tooth-supported bridge could fill the gap with artificial teeth in the middle.

The procedure for a dental bridge requires three steps:

  • Abutment teeth are prepared and reshaped
  • Impression of the teeth is recorded
  • Placement of a permanent bridge

Benefits of tooth-supported bridge

  • A bridge prevents adjacent teeth from moving out from their place.
  • It helps you to chew food and speak confidently.
  • It restores your smile.

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Removable partial denture

A removable partial denture is for individuals with a few missing teeth only.

Dentists use the impression of your mouth to create a partial denture.

The base plate is pink, which resembles the patient’s gums, and holds the denture in place.

Benefits of removable partial dentures

  • They cost much less than implants or fixed bridges.
  • The procedure for removable partial dentures is non-invasive.
  • They require less treatment time.
  • Removable partial dentures help to eat and speak smoothly.


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