I’m Missing A Tooth What Can I Do?

Losing a tooth can be due to cavities, broken tooth or root, never developed, or periodontal disease. The best option to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Other ways that a missing tooth can be replaced is with a bridge or removable denture.

Dental Implant

An implant consists of three parts; the implant itself which replaces the root of the tooth, abutment which connects the implant to the crown, and the crown itself which is the part in the mouth we see. The process for an implant can take 9 to 12 months. Long term a dental implant is cleaned and cared for at home like a natural tooth.


A bridge connects the teeth in front of and behind the missing tooth. The teeth are prepared like a crown and then an impression is taken to send to the lab. A bridge can be made with gold, porcelain, ceramic, or combination of metal and porcelain. After three weeks or so the bridge is cemented into place. A bridge works and functions much like a natural tooth but a bridge is a little more difficult to clean underneath since everything is connected.Missing Tooth

Partial Denture

Partial denture is a good affordable option to replace missing teeth or especially multiple missing teeth. A partial denture is removable and easy to clean. Often times a partial denture is made with metal framework to help add strength to it and make it easier to repair if anything breaks. A partial denture can also be made without the metal consisting entirely of acrylic or plastic.  The downside to a partial is that it is a bit bulkier than the other options and puts extra force and strain onto the remaining teeth.

Not everyone is a good candidate for each option and its best to discuss your options in person after looking at the health of the teeth present, medical history, and desired outcome.

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