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There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. Depending on its location and function, tooth replacement options may include a dental bridge, dental implants, or dentures. With both bridges and implants, the restoration will be completed with a dental crown.
The short answer is yes. If you are missing all of your teeth, there are a variety of tooth replacement options available to accommodate every lifestyle and budget. With more than 25 years of respected experience, board-certified prosthodontist Dr. John R. Phelps has helped thousands of patients enjoy strong, healthy, beautiful smiles, and he can help you, too.
There are myriad options for replacing missing teeth with dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants comprising the three most popular. Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages, but which is right for you?
For most adults, the biggest downside of missing teeth is embarrassment. Missing one or more teeth makes your smile look incomplete, and you may feel compelled to cover your mouth when talking or laughing around other people.
If you are missing one or more teeth, replacing them is incredibly important. Failure to replace teeth can allow adjacent teeth to slip out of place and permanently alter your bite. Worse still, left unaddressed and missing teeth can lead to the collapse of the jaw, forever changing your jawline and producing shrunken facial features.
Dental implants are the most reliable form of tooth replacement. They are also the longest-lasting. Because they are inserted directly into the jaw, they are able to replace missing tooth roots, which helps prevent changes to the size and shape of jaw bone. After placement, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration where they are secured into bone by osteoblasts and connective tissue.
Dental implants can be used to secure many different types of restorations. The most popular options at our Indianapolis office are:
Dental implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth.