Tooth Replacement Options – Choosing the Right One


Tooth Replacement Options – Choosing the Right One

If you have missing teeth, you may be analyzing dental replacement options.

Getting the right fit for your mouth will not only enhance your facial features, but also aid your speaking abilities.

The downsides of having missing teeth are many, some of which are listed below:

  • Affects neighboring teeth and causes them to occupy the missing spaces
  • Increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Causes the facial muscles to sag

All this inadvertently affects the way you feel about your looks and appearance.

Treatment Options

Our team of dentists at Bethesda Dental Health, a family dental service is there to help you analyze different tooth replacement options:


Covering the roof of your mouth (palate), full upper dentures are held in place by the suction effect of saliva.  It is very important to keep the denture in place, the tongue and facial muscles aiding the process.

Full lower dentures on the other hand are more difficult to secure in place due to lack of support from the gums. Balancing the denture against your tongue and cheeks becomes a hassle. However, denture adhesive cream can help you hold them in place.

Dentures also need to be taken care of to maintain them over time.

Dental Bridges

Getting dental bridges is an affordable yet stable solution for your missing tooth. The dental procedure, as the name suggests, rests on the basic principle of building a bridge between two teeth. A fake tooth is secured in place by anchoring it with the neighboring health teeth.

The healthy teeth also known as the ‘anchor teeth’ have to be operated upon for the third fake tooth to feel in place.

The risks associated with this procedure is the costly repair of getting the whole bridge fixed, if even one of the anchor teeth fall off.

Furthermore, bone tissue damage continues to occur and the anchor teeth can develop cavities or a nerve infection.

Dental Implants

The most secure and sure-fire tooth replacement option in which not only is the space filled but the natural teeth are also prevented from decay.

Dental implants are capable of emulating natural teeth as close as possible.

They are skillfully placed in your jawbone. Over time, they become a part of your natural dental set.

For your implant to be successful, you need to have good oral hygiene in place and well-maintained teeth and gums.

With a number of tooth replacement options available at your disposal, choosing the right option for a perfect set of teeth can be a crucial decision.

Dr. Sheida Larijani is an experienced dentist at Bethesda Dental Health. With her well-trained staff and relevant experience, she can recommend the best treatment option as per your individual needs.

This can help you recover your smile through denture, bridges or implants. You can book an appointment here.


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