Missing Teeth Treatment Options

If you have missing or failing teeth, there are several options to consider.

  • Flipper—A flipper is a removal retainer with a false tooth or teeth attached to give the appearance of a full smile.
    • Does not stimulate the bone or prevent bone loss
    • Needs to be removed to eat
    • May need to be replaced after 1 – 3 years
  • Bridge—A dental bridge is a false tooth attached to two adjacent crowned teeth.
    • Does not stimulate the bone or prevent bone loss
    • Fixed (not removable)
    • Will typically last 5 – 10 years before needing to be replaced
    • Requires potentially healthy teeth that anchor the bridge to be cut down in order to be crowned, increasing the risk of tooth decay in those teeth
  • Dentures—Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices created to replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding tissues of the upper and lower jaw.
    • Dentures do not stimulate the bone or prevent bone loss
    • Typically last approximately 5 – 10 years
    • You can eat with them, however they have less chewing power compared to natural teeth
    • They can shift, causing movement or sore spots in the mouth

Dental Implants are a solution that have gained in popularity and offer a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. A dental implant is similar to a tiny screw, which acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth to adhere to. The implant is placed into the jawbone and then a natural-looking, fully functional tooth is later attached. Dental implants offer many benefits:

  • Prevent bone loss because the implant acts as a tooth root to fuse with and stimulate the bone
  • Can last a lifetime if taken care of properly
  • Look and feel completely natural

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or want to find out if you are a candidate, contact our office today at 303-779-2797 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Mary Blakeley or Dr. Elizabeth Trepka.