Multiple Tooth Replacement—Ft. Worth, TX
Eat, Speak, & Smile Like You Used To
While a single missing tooth can certainly be annoying, particularly if it’s towards the front, multiple missing teeth are always a significant problem. This can make someone feel extremely self-conscious about their smile, plus basic things like eating and speaking can become sources of anxiety or even pain. Dr. Kelly Blair completely empathizes with people in this situation, and if this includes you, she’s more than ready to help. With a custom-made restoration designed to look and function just like your natural teeth, she can help you reclaim your smile for a lifetime to come.
What Are Your Tooth Replacement Options?
Tooth loss is always unique from patient to patient. How many teeth are missing? Are they located right next to each other or throughout the mouth? Do they show when someone smiles or not? Because a patient’s needs can vary so much, Dr. Blair offers multiple ways to replace teeth that can be suited for each individual:
Crown & Bridge
Used for generations, this prosthetic relies on the strength of the remaining teeth to replace up to three in a row. Dental crowns are fitted onto the teeth on either side of the absent ones, and these are bonded to additional crowns that fill in the space. Traditionally, bridges are removable, making them easy to clean and maintain. They can also prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting, which is common after tooth loss.
For an implant-bridge, the dental crowns used to support the rest of the prosthetic aren’t fitted on top of natural teeth, but small titanium posts that act as tooth roots, which are known as dental implants. This approach is ideal for patients who don’t have enough healthy dental structure to place a regular bridge. Implant-bridges are notably more stable and durable compared to traditional ones as well, plus they don’t require healthy teeth to be reshaped and filed down in order to make room for the prosthetic.
Partial Dentures/Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are ideal for replacing missing teeth located throughout the mouth, even if they aren’t right next to one another. Basically, they act like the final piece of a puzzle to complete a row of teeth. They are specially-made for each patient using high-quality acrylic to recreate both the teeth as well as the nearby gum tissue, giving the prosthetic a very lifelike appearance. Traditional partials use small metal clasps that loop around neighboring teeth to stay in place, but they can also be secured within the mouth using just a few dental implants. This allows for a stronger bite and uses a relatively smaller denture that fits more comfortably.
Which Solution is Right for You?
Each of these treatments can provide tremendous benefits for a patient, and Dr. Blair can help you decide which one would be the best fit for you at an in-person consultation. She’ll outline the finer details of each prosthetic so that whatever you choose to get, you can do so confidently. Speaking generally, traditional bridges and partial dentures take less time to get compared to their dental implant counterparts, but they don’t last nearly as long or provide the same level of security.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace Multiple Teeth?
The answer to this question really depends on the answers to the questions we asked above, as in how many teeth are missing, where are they located within the mouth, etc. Whether or not you choose to get dental implants will influence the overall price as well. While implant-retained bridges and dentures tend to cost more upfront compared to removable ones, they offer superior aesthetics and a better fit, plus they require much less maintenance, which usually helps patients save money in the long run. Dr. Blair and our team will go over your specific cost information when you come to see us—we need to give you an exam before we can quote an actual number!
However you decide to replace your missing teeth, rebuilding your smile is always a wise choice, both for your current and future oral health. To learn more about each of these options and what they would entail, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blair.