The moment a tooth is lost, the teeth surrounding your missing tooth will respond accordingly. While it may not seem like a big deal to have a single tooth missing, your remaining teeth will begin to shift out of place in order to compensate. This makes your bite uneven and increases the risk of teeth rubbing against each other, which leads to erosion. With tooth replacement options from Dr. Cabansag at Encore Dentistry, you never have to worry about these and other problems. Schedule an appointment today to get started!
A dental bridge typically consists of three or four crowns fused together, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace. The crowns on either end of the bridge are hollowed out so they can be placed on top of existing teeth, while the crowns in the middle of the bridge fill the gap and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place. Whether you are missing one or two teeth, bridges can act as a reliable tooth replacement for many years.
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If you are missing multiple teeth on opposite sides of your mouth or even all the teeth in your smile, you’ll likely find full and partial dentures to be one of the most effective and affordable solutions to your extensive tooth loss. These restorations are designed with gum- and tooth-colored materials, so they are sure to look natural once you begin using them. Partial dentures are held in place via metal hooks, while full dentures rely on the overall shape of your mouth and natural suction.
When you need a tooth replacement that is designed to last longer than any other option, dental implants are by far the most effective solution. Through titanium posts placed directly into the jaw, dental implants replace the root of teeth as well as the crown. This ensures that you receive the most natural-looking tooth replacement available in dentistry to date. With routine care, they last between 30 years and a lifetime.