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From time to time, a tooth has to go. Luckily, there are ways to replace teeth to give you your smile back or to help you to chew better.


Why replace teeth?

  • To give you more teeth to chew with. This makes it easier to eat your food, but also protects the other teeth from undue stress.

  • To improve the appearance of your smile.

  • To prevent other teeth from moving into the gap and growing out of place.

Replacement Options

  1. Fixed Dental Implants - often the best way to replace a tooth long term

  2. Ceramic Dental Bridges - connecting a replacement tooth to the teeth next door

  3. Dentures - partial or full removable dentures

  4. Orthodontics - moving the surrounding teeth to fill in the gap


Pros and Cons

​Replacement Option

Pros

Cons

Dental Implant

  • Looks and feels like a natural tooth

  • Long-lasting and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance

  • Anchored to the jaw for ideal strength and comfort when chewing

  • Preserves jaw bone in the area

  • More invasive option requiring some recovery time

  • More expensive option

  • Require regular care and maintenance both at home and with your dentist

  • Can take up to 6 months from start to beginning of treatment

  • Not suitable for smokers/vapers

Dental Bridge

  • Less invasive option compared to implants, with no surgery required after tooth removal

  • Less expensive than dental implants

  • Can be completed in as little as 3 weeks

  • Comfortable to eat with and looks natural

  • ​Relies on the surrounding teeth for support, which can put additional stress on these teeth and increase the risk of decay or loss

  • Not as long-lasting as dental implants

  • Does not preserve jawbone density in area like implant

Denture

  • Affordable option for those looking to replace multiple missing teeth

  • Non-invasive

  • Can be constructed quickly to restore your smile

  • Can be uncomfortable and may cause irritation, especially for those who wear them for extended periods of time

  • Does not provide the same level of stability as dental implants or bridges, which can lead to slipping or shifting

  • Does not preserve jawbone in the area, which can cause denture loosening over time

​Orthodontic Space Closure

  • Can close gaps between teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and restoring confidence without adding any false teeth

  • Very long lasting with proper retainer wear

  • Can also improve bite and jaw alignment

  • Non-invasive, making them a good option for those who are not comfortable with the idea of surgery or dental work

  • Invisalign available now as a more aesthetically acceptable option than braces

  • ​Can take a long time, with some treatments taking up to two years to complete.

  • Some ongoing mild discomfort from time to time during treatment

  • Cosmetically not ideal during treatment if having braces

  • More expensive option in some cases


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