Missing teeth affect more than just your confidence. They can cause the nearby teeth to shift out of alignment, cause your jawbone to recede, and can change the structure of your face. Here are three ways that dentists treat missing teeth:
Dentures – If you are missing many teeth, or the teeth you have remaining are severely decayed or damaged, you may receive a set of dentures. When you get dentures, all of your remaining teeth are extracted, and a custom dental appliance is made for you. You can choose to get implant-retained dentures or the traditional removable dentures.
Bridges – Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more teeth. A bridge uses the surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth, as support for the replacement tooth. A replacement tooth is attached to two crowns, which are fitted over the surrounding teeth.
Dental Implants – Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth. It works by placing a screw into your jawbone and allowing it to heal. Then, the replacement tooth is screwed into the implant. If you are missing all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw, you can get what are called “all-on-4” implants, which replace all the teeth on your upper or lower jaw with just four implants.