When you lose a tooth, it is in the best interest of your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your “bite” as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause headaches or muscle pain in your jaws. And of course, losing a tooth can affect your appearance.
The good news is that most of the time, replacing a missing tooth is not an emergency. You have time to consider what replacement option is best for you and to make an informed decision.
If you're considering dental implants, Dr. Middleton will thoroughly examine your mouth and review your dental and medical history in order to confirm whether dental implants are an appropriate option.
If you're missing one or more teeth and choose to have it (or them) replaced, several treatment options are available.
- A “flipper” is a removable plastic tooth that is inexpensive but fragile and temporary.
- A cast partial denture also is removable but is precision-cast in metal for longer service life. Wire clips help hold it in place.
- A fixed bridge is cemented into place using crowns or “caps” on the teeth adjacent to the open space for support. Crown placement usually requires removing or reducing the outer layer of the tooth. In some cases, a “Maryland” bridge, a fixed bridge that does not need crowns, is glued onto the back of the teeth adjacent to the space so that minimal tooth structure is removed.
- Full dentures or “plates” are the traditional solution for people who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws. The success of a full denture depends upon the individual’s jaw size and shape, your oral habits, and your ability to adapt to dentures.
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, contact our dental practice at (941) 926-9100
today to schedule an appointment with our team.