Which Tooth Replacement Method is Best?

Is your smile missing something? Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth can drift into the open space, creating alignment issues and difficulties chewing and functioning. Fortunately, Dr. Fondriest offers many different types of tooth replacement options to help fill in your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the root of your missing tooth. Titanium fixtures are planted in your jaw bone, and serve as a foundation to hold a crown or replacement tooth. Your bone will grow around the fixture and attach to it, creating a completely natural look and feel that is secure and durable. The implant process does not affect adjacent teeth. Implants can also help anchor and secure dentures and bridges. Dental implants are the most preferred method of tooth replacement. They will make your smile look whole, and you’ll be able to chew, speak, and function comfortably.

Bridges

Dental bridges replace one or more teeth in a row. There are two main types of fixed, non-removable dental bridges. All-Porcelain Bridges are constructed out of porcelain material to match your natural tooth color to create an aesthetic result. Porcelain supported by metal substructure (PFM) bridges use a metal substructure to support the ceramic layer. This type is used when the patient is hard on their bridges, causing the porcelain to chip. Bridges are strong and durable, providing full function to your mouth.

Dentures

Full and partial dental implants are helpful if you’re missing more than one tooth, or if your bone structure cannot support an implant root. Dentures are removal appliances that resemble your natural teeth. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth are still intact. A partial denture fills in spaces to replace missing teeth and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting. Dentures are very durable, but may have to be readjusted over time due to normal wear and development.

The best tooth replacement option depends on the condition of your mouth, the amount of space available, your gum tissue, and other factors. Dr. Fondriest can discuss your condition and the treatment plan that is best for you. Contact us at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment to restore your smile. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago.

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