Teeth are sometimes missing, whether it be because of damage to the tooth resulting in extraction, congenitally missing teeth, trauma related, or any number of other reasons. Regardless of the source, missing teeth can make eating difficult and be an eyesore. While bridges or partial dentures can be used to hide a missing tooth, the only way to replace a single tooth that feels and can be cared for like normal is through the placement an implant. In a good-better-best comparison of ways to replace a missing tooth, implant therapy would be the “best” option. A titanium implant is placed into the bone and covered for 4-6 months while the bone fuses to the metal. Once healed, a short post is threaded into the implant (called an abutment) and a crown is made to look and feel like a permanent tooth. If cared for properly, implants should last for life.

Implants can also be used to support bridges if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. Traditional implants or mini-implants can be used as support for a partial or complete denture, allowing the individual to snap their denture in and keep them from moving around. Healthy, strong teeth can also have snaps placed into them (called locators) and be used as an attachment for a denture. Set up a free consultation today with one of our dentists to discuss which option would be the best fit for you to improve your dental appearance and function.