Missing teeth are one of the many things that brings people into Selah Creek Dental. Whether it’s a tooth that’s been missing since birth, the result of an accident, or a decline in dental help, we have various patients that come in seeking solutions for missing teeth. Be it for cosmetic reasons or for the simple fact of added comfort, we entirely understand the desire to want to find a solution for these open spaces in your mouth. 

If you’re currently in the process of researching the options that are available to you, you are in luck! In today’s blog, we are going to do a quick overview of the different options that you could take advantage of to fill those gaps and enjoy a beautiful, toothless smile. 

Dental Implants

One of the first options that we’re going to talk about is a solution that many people are turning to because of the long-term outlook that it has. Dental implants are exactly what they sound like: an implant that looks just like a tooth. The implant is surgically fused into your jaw line so that you have the same durability and strength that a normal tooth would have. As a whole, dental implants are relatively easy to maintain. You’re going to want to brush them just as you would your normal teeth, but overall they’re really easy to get accustomed to. 

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is another option that can be used when a tooth is missing. This procedure bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. In order to implement a fixed bridge, an individual will usually need to visit the dentist a couple of times. This is primarily due to the fact that the bridge needs to be customized to the space that it is filling. Once it’s been shaped, it needs to be created and fitted. Once there is a solid fit, it can be installed. 

While the process is a bit longer, this is a very popular solution for missing teeth. Fixed bridges are also natural looking, low-maintenance, and provide you with the same strength as a normal tooth. They’re also a bit more affordable than dental implants, so it’s no wonder fixed bridges are such a popular option.

Resin-Retained Bridge

A fixed bridge uses another tooth to fill that gap, and while similar, a resin-retained bridge is much less invasive. A resin-retained bridge is a great option for certain teeth, so that’s something that you’re going to want to keep in mind when finding the perfect option for your missing tooth. With that in mind, a fixed bridge is a great option for teeth that are heavily used for chewing while a resin-retained bridge is a fantastic option for teeth that aren’t used quite as often. 

Resin-retained bridges are attached to the neighboring teeth on each side to keep it in place. While it’s not as durable or strong as a fixed bridge, it does yield very similar results making it a fantastic option for those teeth that, as we mentioned, won’t be chewing quite as much as other teeth.

Stay Tuned for Our Next Blog

We were able to cover a few of the options that you can take advantage of if you’re looking to replace a missing tooth, but we weren’t able to cover them all. Stay tuned for our next blog post where we will pick up right where we left off and continue to talk about the options available to you. If you’re intrigued by one of the options that we’ve mentioned in today’s blog, feel free to reach out to our team. We would be more than happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation for you to determine if it’s the best option for your mouth.