Nobody plans to lose a tooth, and most of us hope that we’ll keep all our teeth for a lifetime. But life throws us curveballs, and millions and millions of people today are missing at least one tooth.
In most cases, you can avoid tooth loss by brushing and flossing and staying current with your routine dental exams and cleanings. If you do lose a tooth, however, don’t spend a lot of time feeling bad about the situation. Your Manhattan Beach and Woodland Hills dentists offer more ways than ever to replace missing teeth.
The best teeth are natural teeth, but dental implants are the next best thing. They’re the only dental prosthetic that replaces an entire tooth—including the root—making them just as stable as your own teeth. Your dentist can place a single implant to replace one missing tooth or several to replace multiple missing teeth.
Your dentist may also recommend a dental bridge to replace one or two missing teeth from the same area of your mouth. Designed as a unit, a bridge consists of an artificial tooth that sits in the gap and crowns attached to adjacent teeth on either side for support.
Removable Full and Partial Dentures
If you’re looking for an economical solution to replace one or more missing teeth in different areas of your mouth, partial dentures are designed to fit in and around existing teeth to complete your smile. Removable partials are held in place with clasps that hook onto remaining teeth.
For those missing all the teeth in their upper arch, lower arch, or both, full removable dentures are an excellent, time-tested tooth replacement. Better yet, modern dentures are customized to complement your smile and look natural doing it.
The big drawback with removable dentures is that they tend to be unstable. But when your dentist places several dental implants in your jaw and attaches a denture to them, you have the best of both worlds—a complete smile that looks natural and replacement teeth that stay put.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
If you’re ready to say goodbye to gaps in your smile, call Modern American Dentistry in Manhattan Beach or Woodland Hills and schedule an appointment to learn more about your tooth replacement options.