3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

Dentist In Kalamazoo, MI

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Tooth loss can occur due to injury, genetics, or poor oral hygiene. If you have ever felt self-conscious about your missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with our dentist. Tooth replacement is important not only for the appearance and function of your smile, but also for your overall oral health.

There are three common tooth replacement options that we offer at Gentle Dentistry:

  1. Dental bridges
  2. Dentures, partial and complete
  3. Dental implants

Here’s what you need to know when choosing the option that’s best for you.

1. Dental Bridges

Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap in your smile left by a missing tooth. It consists of a false tooth anchored in place on both sides by dental crowns. Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge if you don’t want to wait months for a dental implant to integrate to the bone.

A bridge is a great option for patients who have an otherwise healthy smile, as the adjacent teeth will provide a strong foundation for the restoration. It is important that you take care of your bridge with good home care habits to increase its longevity.

2. Dentures

Whether you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may want to ask about getting complete or partial dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that help you eat and speak normally after major tooth loss.

While wearing dentures, it is important to continue to take care of your oral health. You will also need to keep your dentures submerged in water or cleanser any time they are not in your mouth to avoid cracking and warping.

3. Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root, usually made of titanium, that’s used to anchor a dental crown. While the dental implant procedure is more invasive than other tooth replacement options, it is long-lasting.

Many of our patients appreciate dental implants because they look and function like natural teeth. A dental implant integrates with your bone so it won’t slip like dentures. Dental implants can last decades if given proper care.

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants stimulate the bone so it doesn’t deteriorate over time. Jawbone deterioration is a serious issue because it affects your oral health and the shape of your face. Dental implants also support adjacent teeth in place so they do not shift.

To be a good candidate for the dental implant procedure, you must have healthy gums and bone. However, if you don’t have sufficient bone, our dentist may recommend a bone graft.

Ready to Make an Appointment?

Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate is happy to work with you to determine which restoration is right for your smile. To request an appointment with our dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, call Gentle Dentistry today at (269) 381-3890.

Emergency Dental Care

Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.

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