Losing one or more teeth means having to replace them, but how do you know which is your best option according to your specific oral health needs? These days, you have plenty of options for tooth replacement, including custom-designed bridges and dentures, and lifelike dental implants. At our Mansfield, TX, dental office, we can help you decide. After a thorough examination, we’ll consult with you personally to discuss your options and help you choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.
A Custom-Made Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a common solution for addressing a single lost tooth, or multiple teeth that are right next to each other. The replacement tooth or teeth are designed to precisely fill the gap in your smile with highly lifelike replicas of your healthy, natural teeth. The prosthesis is supported by one or a pair of dental crowns, each of which is bonded to a healthy tooth next to the gap in your smile. Both your replacement tooth and supportive crown are designed to closely resemble the healthy and blemish-free appearance of your natural teeth for optimal restorative and cosmetic results.
A Partial or Full Denture
If you’ve lost multiple teeth that aren’t adjacent to each other, then a dental bridge might not be the appropriate solution. Instead, we may recommend a custom-designed partial denture that fills the gaps in your smile while supporting the healthy teeth that still remain around them. The partial is supported by a comfortable base, and in some cases, small clasps that fit comfortably around your teeth. If you’ve lost all of the teeth on your upper or lower dental ridge, then a complete denture, featuring a full row of replacement teeth, may be the only way to fully restore your smile.
A Set of Dental Implants
No matter how many teeth you’ve lost, you may benefit most from supporting your dental prosthesis on one or a series of dental implant posts. Dental implants are root-like posts that are inserted into your jawbone and act as replacements for your lost teeth roots. Like your teeth roots, the posts are designed to support your replacement teeth by anchoring them in place. We’ll help you determine the appropriate restoration and number of implant posts during your consultation, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.
Rebuild Your Smile After Tooth Loss
After you lose one or more teeth, replacing them is vital to restoring and preserving your smile. To find out which tooth replacement option is best for you, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.