Dentists love teeth. We’re in the business of saving teeth long before we replace missing teeth, and sometimes we’ll go through some crazy heroics to do it. But sometimes teeth can’t be saved, even with an Avengers-style dentist team-up. Severely decayed or broken teeth are difficult or nearly impossible to restore.
Option 1: Dental Implants
Dental Implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement and are the next best thing to your natural teeth. An implant is a titanium rod that is placed into your jaw. After it integrates with the surrounding bone, a crown is placed on the implant (via a “peg” called an abutment), and voila! A new tooth!
Option 2: Bridges
In cases of single-tooth replacements, bridges are considered the second-best solution. A bridge is when the two teeth on either side of a space receive crowns, and then a fake tooth, or “pontic,” is added in between to fill the space.
Option 3: Removable Partial
For tooth replacement, removable appliances are ideally the last option. A partial (short for a partial denture), is something that you wear during the day but take out at night. There are different varieties based on the type of material, but they all have the same basic pros and cons.