Saint Paul, MN Dentures Dentist Explains Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 10, 2015

Let’s take a look at a few of these options:

Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a truly remarkable tooth replacement solution. Since dental implants were first introduced, they have helped thousands of people like you to enjoy healthy and beautiful smiles after losing their teeth.

An easy explanation of how dental implants work is that individual replacement teeth that are surgically implanted in the jawbone. This is made possible by using a very small titanium screw placed in the jawbone. This becomes the new artificial root for the rest of the implant. Once the implant has healed, the root is capped with a natural looking restoration. A dental implant can last for years while helping to maintain the structure of your jawbone as well as your general oral health.

As you probably know dentures sit on top of the gum and jaw bone. Dentures can be used effectively to replace multiple teeth. They provide replacement teeth in a fairly short amount of time. The main difference is that dentures are not permanently affixed to your jawbone. This means that they need to be taken out when sleeping. They also need to be cared for properly with cleaning and the use of dental adhesive.

Bridges and Crowns
Both bridges and crowns are effective solutions for replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. In some cases they may be removable, but are usually permanently affixed with dental cement. Bridges are held in place because they are attached to adjacent either to your natural teeth or dental implants for added stability.

No matter which option you may be considering, it’s important that it is the one that best suits you. Not only for your lifestyle but also for your specific dental needs. The Saint Paul, MN Dentures Dentist is glad to work with you to help decide what replacement option works best for you. Together we can achieve the beautiful, healthy, and complete smile you dream of.