Dr. Joseph Rajabi, DDS of the Riverside, CA area believes that a dentist should offer a variety of options for patients when they are faced with a dental concern. When tooth loss is an issue, it is essential for patients to speak to a dentist about a replacement as soon as possible to avoid problems such as shifting teeth, changes in the appearance of the smile, and bone loss. There are three primary methods of tooth replacement available to patients in the community which include dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. There is no “one size fits all” solution, so discussing these options with a professional is a smart step in the right direction!
Dentures come in two varieties—full and partial. Patients missing one or more teeth within the dental arch (while still having teeth for support) can use a partial while patients with all their teeth missing in the arch will need a full denture. Partials are made with metal and acrylic while full dentures are all acrylic. Patients often choose dentures because they are the most economical choice, and some patients prefer a restoration that is removable for easy care and cleaning.
A dental bridge is the next step in permanency solutions. A bridge is a restoration created by fusing together a false tooth called a pontic and two dental crowns. The adjacent teeth are supports for this restoration, allowing the false tooth to float along the gum line and replace the missing tooth. These are not removable. They will last approximately ten years with proper care before needing to be replaced.
Patients seeking the ultimate in tooth replacement may enjoy the benefits of dental implants. Dental implants are best used for replacing a single tooth. They use the existing bone of the jaw to stimulate the process of osseointegration, allowing the bone to wrap around the implant and hold it firmly in place. While more expensive than the other options, it is a wonderful investment for many patients as it can last a lifetime.
For more information on these solutions to tooth loss- contact your Riverside CA dentist Dr. Rajabi today by calling (951) 749-5890.