What options exist for replacing a missing tooth, and which is best for me?
At Pruce Dental, we offer three types of tooth replacement – implant-supported crowns, fixed bridges, and removable partial dentures.
Sometimes, any one of the three would be an appropriate option. Depending on the situation, however, there may only be one good choice. There are several questions we ask before determining which solution is best:
- Is there enough quantity and quality of bone in the jaw to place a dental implant that supports a crown?
- Are surrounding teeth strong and healthy enough to support bridgework?
- Are the teeth needed to support the bridgework already heavily restored?
- Have teeth being considered for bridges had root canals?
As you can see, all these factors have to do with the strength and health of the tooth and gums being treated. Bridges need appropriate support to function properly, and that support comes from healthy neighboring teeth. Implant-supported crowns cannot be placed if the jawbone is compromised because of gum disease or untreated tooth loss.
Age and general health are also factors, and of course, esthetics also play a big role in the type of restoration we choose. You can see that there’s a lot to consider and everyone has unique needs. At Pruce Dental, we will take the time to discuss each of these options with you and provide you with the information you need to make a confident decision.
If you are considering tooth replacement, please call our Washington, PA dental office so we can get started!