Missing Teeth Treatment Options
If you have missing or failing teeth, there are several options to consider.
- Dental Bridge—A dental bridge is a false tooth attached to two adjacent crowned teeth.
- Does not stimulate the bone or prevent bone loss
- Fixed (not removable)
- Will typically last 5 – 10 years before needing to be replaced
- Requires potentially healthy teeth that anchor the bridge to be cut down in order to be crowned, increasing the risk of tooth decay in those teeth
- Dentures—Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices created to replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding tissues of the upper and lower jaw.
- Dentures do not stimulate the bone or prevent bone loss
- Typically last approximately 5 – 10 years
- You can eat with them, however they have less chewing power compared to natural teeth
- They can shift, causing movement or sore spots in the mouth
- Dental Implants are a solution that have gained in popularity and offer a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. A dental implant is similar to a tiny screw, which acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth to adhere to. The implant is placed into the jawbone and then a natural-looking, fully functional tooth is later attached. Dental implants offer many benefits:
- Prevent bone loss because the implant acts as a tooth root to fuse with and stimulate the bone
- Can last a lifetime if taken care of properly
- Look and feel completely natural
If you are interested in learning more about these missing tooth/teeth options or you want to find out if you are a candidate, contact our office today at 303-791-2570 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Jay R. Heim, DDS