Dentures & Partials
When you have lost a tooth, the jaw bone that helped support that tooth will begin to atrophy, causing the teeth on either side of the hole to shift or tip into the open space. Additionally, the tooth above or below the open space will begin to move towards the open space because there is no opposing tooth to bite on. These movements can end up causing a number of different problems for you, including tooth decay, gum disease, excessive wear on certain teeth, and TMJ problems. Many of these problems and movements do not result immediately, but will eventually appear, if you do not address your missing tooth quickly enough.
Options for replacing missing teeth include:
- Removable Bridges – This is the most economical option for replacing missing teeth, but also the least aesthetically pleasing.
- Fixed Bridges – This is a very sturdy solution, but requires two healthy, natural teeth to be capped to hold the bridge in place.
- Dentures – These removable, artificial teeth closely resemble your original teeth and are used to replace most or all of your natural teeth.
- Dental Implants – One of the best ways to replace one or more missing teeth. They provide great support and are the most aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option available.
Contact our dental office to learn more about scheduling your first appointment to speak with us about the right solution for you. Our general and cosmetic dentists look forward to helping patients living throughout the Plymouth, Minnesota, community.