There is no one-size-fits-all solution for anything in dentistry, especially missing teeth. More treatment options mean better choice for patients to find the solution that fits their health needs, aesthetic goals and budget. Dr. Kanning or Dr. Tippin will work directly with each patient to assess their dental health and address their unique concerns when recommending the most suitable option.
Replacing missing teeth as quickly as possible can prevent more complex dental problems such as bone loss, shifting teeth and gum disease.
Tooth Replacement Options
The primary options for replacing missing teeth are:
- Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The bridge can be either removable, sometimes called a flipper tooth, or fixed. A fixed bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
- Dental Implants – A dental implant is a more permanent solution for missing teeth. The implant replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. While dental implants to require a more significant investment initially, they have increased longevity compared to a dental bridge and require less care and maintenance. (It is important to note that not all patients will qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing tooth, as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure, will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.)
- Dentures – A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Advances in materials make today’s cosmetic dentures more natural-looking and comfortable than previous restorations.
- All on Four Dental Implants – All on Four is an innovative dental implant solution for patients with missing teeth. Using as few as four dental implants, Drs. Kanning and Tippin can attach an overdenture for a stable, long-lasting restoration. The improvement in the fit, look and stability help improve the quality of life and long term dental health for edentulous patients.
Thanks to the many strides made in both materials and technique, today’s dental patients can enjoy a new smile that functions and looks like their natural teeth.