It is always a good idea to replace missing teeth. If left untreated, the other teeth tend to start drifting and causing bite collapse. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve probably considered replacement teeth options. While traditional bridges and partials may appear to be the best option, one study claims otherwise. Research by Permanente Dental Associates covered 317 cases and found that:
- A missing tooth not replaced had 19% of adjacent teeth being lost
- Teeth replaced with a bridge anchored to abutment teeth had 10% of adjacent teeth being lost
- A missing tooth replaced with a partial denture clasped to adjoining teeth had 30% of adjacent teeth being lost
Furthermore, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ website states, bridges and dentures last about 15 years, then they require replacement.
Fortunately, you have another option – dental implants. These independently anchored prosthetic teeth have a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care. Dr. Fondreist has studied dental implants and works closely with local oral surgeons and periodontists in an interdisciplinary approach to implant placement.
If its time to replace missing teeth
To talk with Dr. Fondriest about replacing lost teeth with a bridge, partial, or dental implants, call Lake Forest Dental Arts of Chicago today at 847-234-0517.