Multiple Tooth Replacement – Mt. Pleasant, SC
What Are Tooth Replacement Options?
If you are dealing with tooth loss, don’t despair. Nowadays, there’s more than one way to replace missing teeth. From a crown and bridge to implant-retained partials and dentures, you and Dr. Virginia Gregory will be able to find the option that works best for your lifestyle and your budget.
Crown and Bridge
Dentists have been using this prosthetic device for many years to replace from one to three missing teeth. False teeth bridge the gap in your smile. They are connected to abutment crowns mounted on top of two healthy teeth on either end of the bridge. A crown and bridge can be an economical and efficient means of replacing missing teeth.
If there are not structurally sound teeth to support the crowns of a bridge, then Dr. Gregory may suggest dental implants. These are surgically embedded in your jaw and act just like tooth roots. The implants integrate with the surrounding bone tissue to provide a strong foundation that will hold the bridge firmly in place.
Partial Dentures/Implant-Supported Partial Denture
If you are missing more than three teeth consecutively, then a partial denture could be the ideal solution. You and Dr. Gregory will decide whether a removable partial is best or one that is supported with implants. The removable variety consists of false teeth that are attached to a metal frame. Clips on the frame hook on to a couple of your remaining teeth to hold the partial in your mouth.
Like an implant-supported bridge, implants can also be used to hold a partial denture. Depending on how many teeth need replacement, more than two dental implants may be necessary.
Do Implant-Retained Dentures Cost More?
Yes, the upfront cost of implant-supported dentures is usually more than other types of tooth replacement. However, you really shouldn’t consider cost alone when trying to decide whether or not dental implants are right for you.
First of all, an implant supported teeth replacement could last a lifetime. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, dental implants are meant to last for decades. A crown and bridge or removable partial will likely need replacement.
Your must also consider the fact that dental implants help prevent jawbone deterioration. Each implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth in your jaw so you are better able to maintain a full and attractive facial structure. No other tooth replacement can do that.
How Do I Know Which Tooth Replacement is Right For Me?
Everyone’s situation is unique. You and Dr. Gregory must consider the number of teeth to replace, which teeth need replacement, and your budget. The strength of your jawbone will also be a factor if you are considering dental implants.
If you would like to know which option is best for you, call the office today and schedule a consultation. There’s no need to endure the troubles of tooth.