Replacement Options for Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is a common problem for aging adults. Thankfully, replacement options are available to restore a natural-looking smile.

Understanding Tooth Loss

Damage and decay can cause the loss or necessitate the removal of a tooth. The prevalence of permanent tooth loss increases with age – according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 26% of adults aged 65 or older have eight or fewer teeth. 

While tooth loss can be a concerning prospect, replacement options can restore and even improve your smile.


A partial denture is a removable attachment that replaces one or several missing teeth. It is created from a replica of your mouth in a dental lab, ensuring a comfortable fit. Partials come in a variety of styles and materials.


Complete dentures accommodate individuals with a full set of missing teeth. The denture rests on the surrounding soft and hard tissues and can be removed as needed. Some dentures are supported by implants.


Dental bridges fill the gap caused by a missing tooth between remaining teeth. They are often made from porcelain. The false tooth is bound between dental implants or supported by crowns on nearby teeth, securing it in place.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth
roots that provide a foundation for replacement teeth. They are surgically attached to the jawbone using screws, and as the area heals, the implant fuses to the bone. Dental implants are considered one of the most permanent and reliable options for tooth replacement and are ideal for those who have only lost one or two teeth.

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An Expert Weighs In

“We lose teeth for several reasons like trauma, decay, periodontal disease, or even genetics. It is important to replace these teeth because, when missing, there is no contact with the opposing arch. This can cause opposing teeth to gradually shift, which can lead to other problems such as fractures, mobility, tooth loss, and gum problems. There are many options available to replace missing teeth. The three most common options are implants, crowns, and bridges, or a removable partial or denture. If you have any teeth you would like replaced, ask your dentist what the best options are for you.”

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