Just because you’re missing teeth, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a great smile. If you’re missing any teeth, you’re not alone and Highpoint Dental Care is here to help. We understand that each case of missing teeth is different and needs personalized care. In fact, more than 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. That’s a lot of smiles in jeopardy and we want to help. If you live in the Aurora, CO area feel free to give us a call today at (303) 219-2055 and we can get you on the road to a more confident smile. Replacing teeth can be done a few different ways so it’s important to go over your options and find the best fit for you. We are committed to helping you replace your missing teeth so that you can get your best smile back.
What are My Options for Missing Teeth?
If you’ve had tooth decay, gum disease, or injury then you may be familiar with missing teeth. It’s inconvenient and leaves you feeling embarrassed about your smile. Aesthetics aside, replacing missing teeth can help with chewing food, stability of the remaining teeth, and jaw support. But how do you know where to start? Let’s break down each of the most common types of tooth replacements:
- Dentures: Dentures are the low-cost option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, they can be awkward as they tend to click when you eat, laugh, or cough. Also, the bone underneath a denture can deteriorate over time altering your smile structure. The upside is that you can get removable dentures for ease whenever you’d like to take them out.
- Bridges: Dental bridges “bridge” the gap caused by a missing tooth. When it comes to missing teeth, there are two bridge options you should familiarize yourself with, tooth-supported fixed bridge and resin-bonded bridge. A tooth-supported fixed bridge requires grinding down the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth so that they can lay a bridge across those teeth to support the crown that will replace your missing tooth. A resin-bonded bridge uses porcelain or metal wings on each side of the bridge bonded to your existing teeth. As with the dentures though, both bridge options run the risk of the bridge deteriorating. Potentially altering your smile structure permanently.
- Implants: Dental implants are the most recommended option for missing teeth. This is because the procedure is simple, healing time is optimal, and the efficiency of the implants are unparalleled. Implants are the most aesthetically attractive and life-like option for replacing missing teeth. With an implant, you and your dentist will be able to pick the crown material most suited to your lifestyle. The implants will be able to give you the support you need for a healthy smile.
No matter which option you end up choosing, it’s most important to find a dental professional that has significant experience with missing teeth. At Highpoint Dental Care, we make sure that no matter what option you choose, you’re going to have the best procedure possible with the most efficient materials. You shouldn’t have to sort through your replacement options alone, which is why we make sure our dental experts are with you from start to finish. We’re there to walk you through your options all the way until your procedure succeeds.
Check out what others are saying about our dental restoration services on Yelp: Options for Replacing Missing Teeth Aurora.
Missing teeth is not the end of the world and not all people have them replaced. However, it’s important to know that even though this is an option, it’s not highly recommended. Doing nothing about missing teeth can lead to a lot of obstacles like:
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Increased stress on remaining teeth
- Over-eruption of opposing teeth
- TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
- Loss of bone and support
- Further tooth loss
This is why missing teeth need to be dealt with sooner rather than later. Many choose not to do anything about their missing teeth because they’re worried about finances. However, waiting too long can lead to any of the ailments listed above and you’ll probably end of paying more for those if they get really bad. If finances are really an issue, then we recommend going with dentures, even if it’s just for a short time until you can afford bridges or implants.
Note that when you lose a tooth, the process of resorption starts. This is when the body starts to leach calcium from your jawbone and distribute it to the rest of the body. The longer you wait to visit our Aurora dental office and have the tooth replaced, the less bone density you will have. When you then go to replace the tooth, your options could be more limited. This makes losing a tooth an urgent matter to attend to.
If you are worried you won’t be able to afford to replace your missing teeth, talk to your dentist. Many dental offices offer payment plans that take into consideration your current financial state and income. Many dentists are willing to work with you so that you can take care of your missing teeth as soon as possible. The idea is to get you on a payment plan you can afford so that you can have your dental procedure without breaking the bank.
I’m Worried About My Age
Don’t be. Requirements for missing teeth procedures are less about age and more about overall health in general. You could be 91 and if your oral health is good then dentures, bridges, and implants are all options for you. Regardless of age, Highpoint Dental Care will make sure you’re able to find the best solution possible for your missing teeth.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Whether you’re missing teeth or have already had them replaced, please always make sure to keep your teeth healthy. This means flossing, brushing, and having dental check-ups regularly. Good oral health ensures that no matter what obstacles you run into with your teeth, you always have options on the table. Oral bone health plays an integral part in making you eligible for any tooth procedure.
To learn more about dental options for replacing missing teeth, call and schedule an appointment with our Aurora dentist office today.
Helpful Related Links
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). What Are Dental Implants. 2013
- American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Implants Defined. 2015
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
About our business, license, and website security
- Highpoint Dental Care was established in 1984
- We accept the following payment methods: Cash, Check, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa
- We serve patients from the following counties: Jefferson County
- We serve patients from the following cities: Aurora, Parker, & Centennial
- Website Safety Ratings and Reputation – AVG Threat Labs. View Details
- Norton Safe Web. View Details
- Trend Micro Site Safety Center. View Details
Back to top of Options for Replacing Missing Teeth