No one ever wants to lose a tooth, but it does occasionally happen. Whether that be the result of tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma, such as a car accident or sporting accident, teeth can occasionally become lost, leaving patients of Dr. Pete Cracchiolo reeling emotionally and scrambling for a replacement. If you’re someone who has lost a permanent tooth and needs a smile makeover in Bingham Farms, there are thankfully a handful of options that range widely in terms of cost, longevity, and invasiveness.
Tooth Replacement Options for Bingham Farms Patients
At Perfecting Your Smile, Dr. Pete and his team can restore missing teeth by offering one of three options for tooth replacement. These include:
The advantages of dental implants are obvious: no other option can fully replace a missing tooth that will look and function so closely to other permanent teeth. This does require a surgical procedure in which a titanium post is installed into your jaw bone, on top of which a realistic false tooth will simply screw in. However, if you’ve got the time and patience, it is an excellent long-term solution to missing teeth. They are permanent and pose no threat to any of your other remaining healthy teeth. They are among the most expensive options, but their quality is worth the investment.
This option creates a bridge of realistic-looking false teeth between the two nearest healthy teeth, using the healthy teeth as anchors. They look and function exactly as real teeth would and are often more affordable and certainly less invasive than dental implants. They can, however, present more challenges to keep clean, and they do rely on healthy teeth for support. Still, they do not require surgery and are a much faster fix than implants.
Dr. Pete offers both full and partial dentures in Bingham Farms, both of which come with unique advantages and challenges.
Removable Partial Dentures
If what you’re looking for is affordability, removable partial dentures will be among the most cost-effective options of the batch. These appliances include false teeth and can be designed so that more teeth can be added over time, if necessary. They preserve the natural movement of remaining healthy teeth and are about as non-invasive as a dental procedure can be. That said, bone loss can still occur in the areas where teeth are missing, and they do wear down and eventually require replacement. They also must be removed at night.
Complete dentures are often even more affordable than partial dentures, and they can restore chewing ability for patients accustomed to having no teeth at all. As with partial dentures, bone loss can still occur, they must be removed at night, and they can take a little getting used to, but for someone who’s had no teeth for any amount of time, these are a great option to restore proper facial bone structure, as well as eating and speaking processes.
Tooth Replacement at Dr. Pete’s Office
If you would like more information about any of these options, give us a call to set up a consultation so we can help you find the tooth replacement that works best for your mouth and your budget. Whichever option you choose, just know that there are realistic, high-quality options to get your smile looking like its former self, and Dr. Pete is happy to get you feeling confident about your grin again!