- Single Tooth Replacement Options
There are several ways to replace a single missing tooth. This is a quick overview of possible options that may be possible. Every case is different and a complete exam with a full set of x-rays is required to determine an individual patient's options.
Removable Options - this refers to replacement options that are removed after meals and at the end of each day [Pictures & Video: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/Dentures.aspx]
- "Flipper" - an all plastic, temporary appliance meant to replace a tooth primarily for esthetic purposes; these will occasionally have wire clasps for added retention; these are not meant to withstand chewing forces
- Partial Denture - similar to the Flipper however it has a metal framework for much greater strength and longevity; these are capable of withstanding normal chewing function
Fixed Options - this refers to replacement options that are permanently cemented into place; these are more convenient and more esthetic than removable options
- Bridge - these are fabricated using a metal substructure surrounded by porcelain custom matched to the other teeth; bridges anchor onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth; bridges are a very esthetic option, however the neighboring teeth must be strong enough to support the bridge [Pictures & Video: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bridges.aspx]
- Implant - these are placed in the bone where the missing tooth had been and acts as the root of a tooth; these will often be allowed to heal for 4-6 months (depending on bone density) before the replacement tooth is attached to the implant