I am missing some teeth, what are my options for replacing missing teeth?
There are three methods for replacing missing teeth. Implants, a fixed bridge or removable dentures.
An implant is a solid tooth shaped fixture that is placed in the jawbone that becomes permanently attached to the bone. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even to replace all teeth. Teeth can be attached to implants that do not come out and look and feel like normal teeth or implants can be used to support and make a full denture or partial denture more stable. You do not need one implant for each missing tooth, as few as four implants can support one full arch in a restoration that is fixed in place like teeth instead of a removable full denture.
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration that attaches to the teeth on either side of a space. As implied by the name, a fixed bridge does not come out. They look and feel like teeth and are very stable.
A removable partial denture attaches to remaining teeth for stability and replaces multiple missing teeth.
Full dentures replace all missing teeth.
So, there are many options in replacing missing teeth. There are advantages and disadvantages with each method. After consultation, we can determine which method would be most appropriate to your situation.