When it comes to missing teeth, it’s almost easier when you have several to replace. The options in that case are typically between a full set of removable dentures and dental implants. When you’re considering single tooth replacement options, you can choose from several possibilities. Dr. Umar Haque of Oak Brook Smiles will go over each of these in-depth to ensure that you select the best tooth replacement option for your circumstances.
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is a single tooth attached to a clasp that you remove at night and to brush your teeth. You are free to leave it in when you are eating. You will need to clean your removable partial denture separately by leaving it to soak in water and a denture cleansing solution overnight. One drawback with this method is that it can affect the health of surrounding teeth. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association, approximately 20 percent of people who choose to get a removable partial denture initially end up making a different choice within a year.
Fixed Dental Bridges
One of the benefits of a fixed dental bridge over a removable partial denture is that it remains in your mouth permanently. In order for Dr. Haque to place a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth must be strong enough to support it. The term dental bridge comes from the fact that the dentist places metal brackets on each of the supporting teeth to hold the artificial replacement tooth in place. Once placed, a tooth supported by a dental bridge functions just like the rest of the teeth.
Dental implants appear the most natural and do not require the support of surrounding teeth. However, the process to receive them can be long. The first step is for Dr. Haque to install titanium rods in your gums that act as the new tooth root. After your gums and jaw have had adequate time to heal, you return to Smiles of Oak Brook for Dr. Haque to attach an artificial tooth to the new root. The recovery time is necessary to ensure that the new tooth root fuses in place. The result of this procedure is a completely natural-looking tooth that is permanently affixed in your mouth.
If you’re not certain which option you prefer, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Haque to learn more. You should also check with your dental insurance provider to determine which of these single tooth replace options it will cover.