If you’re missing teeth, it’s in your best interest to replace them as soon as you can. Failing to replace missing teeth can lead to oral health issues such as bone deterioration, additional tooth loss, and bite alignment issues. While you have many tooth replacement options available, dental implants are considered to be the most effective solution.
The primary reason dental implants provide a superior result than other alternatives is because it is the only option that replaces your missing root along with your tooth. The root extends down into the jawbone and plays an important role in stimulating bone growth in the region. Without a tooth root, you will eventually lose bone density, which can cause other teeth to fall out. By replacing the missing root, dental implants will help you avoid this serious issue.
Options to Replace Missing Teeth
If you’re missing one or more teeth, your replacement options include:
The right option for you will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- The number and location of missing teeth
- Whether you have sufficient jawbone structure to accommodate the placement of the implant
- The health of your surrounding teeth and gum tissue
- Whether you are willing to commit to a lengthy procedure or prefer a faster replacement solution
- Budget and financial concerns
Replacing a Single Tooth
If you are only missing one tooth, a dental implant is your best option. However, if you aren’t a good dental implant candidate, a dental bridge may be an excellent option. Dental bridges require the adjacent teeth to be slightly altered and fit with dental crowns that will anchor your new bridge. This can impact the health of your neighboring teeth over time, and the restoration may need to be replaced down the road.
On the other hand, you will not need to prepare the surrounding teeth if you choose a dental implant. You will receive a permanent replacement that maintains the health and strength of your neighboring teeth.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants are still an excellent option. However, you may also want to consider implant-supported dentures. These restorations use several strategically placed dental implants to firmly attach the denture to your jaw. This will provide additional support and stability to your jaw.
Traditional partial dentures are another option to replace multiple teeth, but this option has several drawbacks, including:
- Lack of jawbone support, which can result in loss of bone density over time
- The potential that your dentures will become loose or slip while eating or speaking
- Reduced bite power
- Chafing of gum tissue if your dentures don’t fit properly
Replacing a Full Arch of Teeth
If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, using individual dental implants for each tooth will become very costly. Instead, your best option is to choose implant-supported dentures. This solution will be significantly more affordable, while providing you with a stable, comfortable restoration that avoids the drawbacks associated with traditional dentures discussed above.
Contact our North Houston Dentist
The best way to discover the right option for your unique needs is to speak with our dentists in person. During your consultation, our dentists will perform a thorough exam and discuss their recommendations with you in great detail.
Please contact Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry using the form on this page or call 281-320-2000 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe, the Woodlands and throughout North Houston.