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Replacing Missing Teeth in San Diego

Tooth Replacement and Dental implants are not commonly thought about. But, when you are faced with a missing tooth, there are a few options you can consider to restore your smile. Modern dental prosthetics offer a variety of viable solutions for people, regardless of their age and budget. Many people choose dental implants because they are secure and no other teeth need to be treated to replace the missing tooth. Bridges and dentures are also popular alternatives.

Dental implants offer a natural-looking and low-maintenance solution to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium that is surgically placed below the gums into the jawbone. The implant is carefully and painlessly placed into the jaw where the natural root would have been. It’s then left to integrate with the jawbone so they fuse. Once integrated a crown, bridge or denture can be fixed onto the implant.

Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.

Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Flipper
A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Dental implants are not commonly thought about. But, when you are faced with a missing tooth, there are a few options you can consider to restore your smile. Modern dental prosthetics offer a variety of viable solutions for people, regardless of their age and budget. Many people choose dental implants because they are secure and no other teeth need to be treated to replace the missing tooth. 

Why select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

Dental implants offer a natural-looking and low-maintenance solution to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium that is surgically placed below the gums into the jawbone. The implant is carefully and painlessly placed into the jaw where the natural root would have been. It’s then left to integrate with the jawbone so they fuse. Once integrated a crown, bridge or denture can be fixed onto the implant.

Getting an implant means your other teeth will not be affected because of missing a tooth. Replacing missing teeth with Implant supported crowns and bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, they are not compromised or damaged. For example, when you wear a partial denture, you have clamps that hook onto adjacent teeth, which put pressure on them that causes them to loosen and come out. And bridges require grinding down of the adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be cemented to them.

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