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Getting A Dental Bridge For A Missing Tooth

Hi, my name is Robin Pearson and when I had to have a tooth pulled, I was just devastated. I didn't want to have a gap in my mouth so I asked my dentist what he could do. My dentist said there were a couple of options regarding replacing a tooth that's missing. The option that interested me was a dental bridge. I went home and read all I could about dental bridges so I would completely understand how they work to fill in the missing space in my mouth. Since I am very pleased with my dental bridge, I wanted to share this information with other people who are also considering this option for a missing tooth.


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3 Replacement Options For Multiple Missing Teeth

If you have lost most of your teeth, you are probably considering having them replaced, but you may not be aware of the different options that may be available. Here are a few details about different teeth-replacement options to help you better understand them:

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures are false teeth that are connected to a base plate. The appliance is secured in your mouth using the natural suction created by your mouth when the form-fitting device is in place. 

Traditional dentures can be used to to replace an entire palate of missing teeth. However, a partial denture can be used if only a few teeth have been lost.

In order to ensure that your dentures remain in good condition, it is important to care for them properly. The dentures should be stored in liquid when they are not in place within your mouth. This helps prevent the plastic components of the dentures from becoming overly dry and brittle. Also, to prevent staining, the dentures should be rinsed with cold after the consumption of deeply colored foods and drinks. Still, only cold water should be used, because hot water can cause the appliance to warp.


All-on-four implants are false teeth that are fixed into place by four dental implants that are strategically placed in the palate. The replacement teeth, which are connected to the implants with screws, are held in place and cannot be removed by the patient. 

Since the device is not removable, you can clean it as you would natural teeth. In addition, you don't have to be concerned about the device slipping around in your mouth when you eat or talk. 

Dental Implants

Your teeth may be individually replaced using dental implants. The dental implants are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw. During the implant wound's healing process, the implant, which is made of titanium metal, integrates or fuses with the jawbone (osseointegration). Thus, the device becomes stable and secure inside the mouth and can withstand chewing pressure as well as a natural tooth.

Once an implant is installed, you may be unable to enjoy regular foods until after osseointegration has occurred. To protect your dental implants, be sure to clean the teeth and gums around the implant regularly. This lessens the likelihood of developing periodontal disease that could affect the soft tissues and underlying bone of the mouth, and subsequently, the implant. 

To learn more about available options to replace your lost teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area.