Tooth loss is more common than you might think. Risk factors include poor oral hygiene, gum disease, accidents, and conditions like high blood pressure. Losing just one permanent tooth can have significant consequences. Thankfully, there are quite a few tooth replacement options available here at Helotes Family Dentistry. Which one is right for you?
We offer both partial and full dentures. What’s the difference? Partial dentures are best when you’re missing several teeth in a row. They’re supported by your remaining teeth. Full dentures are used when you’re missing all of your upper or lower teeth. They’re often held in place by adhesives. Both partial and full dentures are removed at night and for cleaning.
Like partial dentures, dental bridges replace a few teeth. As the name suggests, this replacement option “bridges” gaps. Most bridges consist of an artificial tooth and two crowns, which fit over the neighboring teeth and secure the bridge. You don’t remove the bridge, so you care for it like your real teeth.
Because of their price, dental implants are often best when you’re missing just a few teeth. Dental implants can also stabilize dentures, so if you’re missing all or most of your teeth, you can still benefit from implants. The process begins by surgically implanting a post into your jaw. This replaces the root of the missing tooth. Once the post has fused with the bone, we place a crown on top. You care for dental implants like your regular teeth. Dental implants are popular because they look and feel very natural. They’re also the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root, protecting your jawbone density.
What Replacement Option Is Best?
The replacement that works best for you depends on a variety of factors. At Helotes Family Dentistry, we’ll go over your options during your consultation, so you can make the decision that best fits your needs and budget! We’d be happy to answer any of your questions about tooth replacements or about our payment plans. If you are ready for your consultation, please contact our Helotes office.Contact Us