Dental Replacement Options


Here are some options available to you if you have lost a tooth (or teeth).


Option 1) Nothing


Pros:

* Doesn’t cost any money


Cons:

  • Remaining teeth may shift

  • Bone loss in the jaw

  • Changes the way your face is shaped

  • Ugly gap

  • Loss of some bite/chewing function

  • Hyper-eruption of the tooth it’s supposed to connect with

Option 2) Denture


Pros:

  • May be the most cost-effective method for replacement, especially if replacing multiple teeth in the same arch

  • Removable for easy cleaning


Cons:

  • Bone loss in the jaw

  • Can break, become distorted and ill-fitting (in which case, a new denture should be done)

  • Clasps can be visible (depending on location)

  • multiple appointments

Option 3) Bridge


Pros:

* could be single-visit appointment (depending on the case!)


Cons:

  • Non-removable and can be difficult to floss and clean appliance properly (especially underneath the prosthetic)

  • Involves process of preparing neighbouring teeth to support the bridge (so if something happened to those teeth, you could lose the bridge as well)

  • Could be multiple appointments

Option 4) Implant


Pros:

  • Looks and feels like natural teeth

  • Keeps jaw bone from deteriorating

  • Long-lasting

Cons:

  • Implant can fail if there is poor oral hygiene and/or allergy to the implant material(s)

  • multiple appointments


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