Lost a Tooth? Options to Replace

In Blog, Dental Care, Dental Implants by Dr. Lattinelli

Manhattan Missing Tooth Options | Upper West Side Dentist

After losing a tooth, you are faced with several options. While you could just ignore the problem, replacing a missing tooth is much more optimal. To restore maximum function, maintain healthy alignment and preserve facial contours, consider the following options, as curated by Dear Doctor.

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Dental Implant

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement that has an attached, separately fashioned crown. For this option to be successful, there must be a sufficiently healthy jawbone and adjacent gums to anchor the implant. Some pros of a dental implant are that it will stimulate, remodel and rebuild the jawbone, it is aesthetically functional and reliable, it does not compromise the appearance of other teeth and there is a decreased risk of gum disease. However, some cons associated with the dental implant are that it is a more expensive option and it requires minor surgery and healing time before a permanent crown can be placed.

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge was the standard approach for tooth replacement before implants. For a fixed bridge, also known as a three-unit fixed partial denture, the two teeth on either side of a missing tooth gap are crowned to support the added false tooth. Some pros of this procedure are that it provides the normal, expected function and aesthetics of a replaced tooth, there is less wait time and it is less expensive than a dental implant. Some cons are that the fixed bridge can damage other teeth, lead to tooth decay and the jawbone may deteriorate over time.

Removable Partial Denture

A removable partial denture is an artificial tooth that is anchored in gum-tissue-mimicking-plastic. It is attached to metal clasps that hook onto the adjacent natural teeth, and can be removed for cleaning. Some pros of the removable partial denture are that it is functional and the least expensive option. Some cons of the removable partial denture are that it has the greatest susceptibility for gum disease and tooth decay, it usually results in loose teeth, you may experience stability or comfort issues, it may not fit correctly over time and the jawbone may deteriorate.

Consider these options, and visit the office of Joseph C. Lattinelli, DMD today. We welcome new patients, friends and family, and can help you replace your missing tooth with the best possible option for you.