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Missing Teeth Replacement FAQs
Why should I replace missing teeth?
  • Aesthetic Reasons: Missing teeth can affect your smile and overall facial appearance.
  • Functional Reasons: Gaps can make chewing and speaking difficult.
  • Health Reasons: Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, shifting of surrounding teeth, and bite problems.
What are the common options for replacing missing teeth?
  • Dental Implants: Titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone, acting as roots for artificial teeth.
  • Dental Bridges: A prosthetic tooth anchored to adjacent teeth.
  • Dentures: Removable replacements for missing teeth, available as partial or full sets.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Dentures anchored to dental implants for improved stability.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?


  • Long-lasting and durable.
  • Look and function like natural teeth.
  • Prevent bone loss.


  • More expensive than other options.
  • Requires surgery.
  • Healing time can be several months.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges?


  • Faster and less invasive than implants.
  • Usually less expensive than implants.


  • Requires alteration of adjacent healthy teeth.
  • May need replacement after several years.
  • Does not prevent bone loss in the jaw.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dentures?


  • Least expensive option.
  • Non-invasive and easily adjustable.


  • Can be uncomfortable and require adjustments.
  • Less stable than implants and bridges.
  • May affect taste and speech.
How long do dental implants, bridges, and dentures last?
  • Dental Implants: Can last 15-25 years or more with proper care.
  • Dental Bridges: Typically last 5-15 years.
  • Dentures: Generally need replacement every 5-8 years.
What is the procedure for getting dental implants?
  • Consultation: Evaluation of dental and medical history, and a thorough examination.
  • Surgery: Implant placement into the jawbone.
  • Osseointegration: Healing period where the implant fuses with the bone (3-6 months).
  • Abutment Placement: Connector piece is attached to the implant.
  • Crown Placement: Custom-made artificial tooth is attached to the abutment.
Are there risks associated with dental implant surgery?

Yes, like any surgery, there are risks such as infection, injury to surrounding structures, nerve damage, and implant failure.

What can I expect during the recovery period for dental implants?
  • Swelling, bruising, pain, and minor bleeding are common.
  • Follow post-operative care instructions from your dentist.
  • Soft diet recommended during initial healing.
How do I care for my dental implants, bridges, or dentures?
  • Implants and Bridges: Brush and floss regularly, maintain good oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
  • Dentures: Clean daily with a denture brush and mild cleaner, soak overnight in a denture solution, and handle with care to avoid damage.
Does insurance cover teeth replacement?

Coverage varies by insurance plan. Some plans cover a portion of the cost for bridges and dentures, while implant coverage may be limited.

How do I choose the best option for me?

Feel free to ask if you have more specific questions or need further details on any aspect of teeth replacement!


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