Your Tooth Loss Replacement Options
Are you missing one or more teeth? Here’s how our dental team can restore your smile.
No matter whether you are missing teeth due to gum disease, injury or decay, our Fort Worth, TX, dentist Dr. Brad McConnell offers a variety of options for helping you get a full smile back. All treatment options work differently and offer their own unique benefits. The one that’s right for you will depend on several factors including your budget, lifestyle and diet. Here are the top three ways that our dental team replaces missing teeth,
Dental implants are truly the closest you can come to real teeth. An implant is a small metal post that replaces the roots of your tooth. It is placed into the jawbone where it integrates with the bone and tissue. From there a false tooth is attached to the top of the implant.
Who is a good candidate: Implants require several steps including surgery; therefore, a good candidate will be someone who can undergo dental surgery. Good candidates will also be healthy adults who aren’t smokers and aren’t dealing with uncontrolled chronic health problems (e.g. diabetes; hypertension).
If you are missing one or more teeth but still have some healthy teeth left then dental bridges may be a viable option for replacing teeth. A bridge contains false teeth but uses neighboring teeth to stabilize the false teeth and fill the gap. To do this, crowns are placed over natural teeth, from which the false tooth is then attached between the two crowns.
Who is a good candidate: Your dentist will need to examine your smile to make sure that teeth are strong and healthy enough to support a dental bridge. Bridges are a cost-effective solution for replacing teeth and can be placed in weeks.
Removable full or partial dentures are a tried-and-true, affordable way to replace several or all of your teeth. These consist of a plastic gum-like base and false teeth that sit on top of the gums and either attach to neighboring teeth with clasps to hold them in place or naturally suction when on top of the gums. In order to ensure the maximum comfort with your dentures, our Fort Worth, TX, restorative dentist will fit the prosthetic to your mouth and will make any necessary adjustments.
Who is a good candidate: Removable dentures are great for patients with significant tooth loss as well as patients looking for a fast and inexpensive solution for replacing their missing teeth.
Do you have questions about the tooth replacement options we offer? If so, don’t hesitate to call Harris Parkway Dental Care at (814) 423-2223. Our Fort Worth, TX, dental practice welcomes you for a consultation to find out which tooth replacement option is right for you.