When you have a bad tooth that needs to be pulled and there is a gap in your formerly flawless smile, there are many options for getting the gap filled. One of the costliest and most common is to have your dentist install an implant, but that can be painful as well as take a lot of work to get done. And the cost is very high when compared to some lower cost options. Implants require installing a metal base into your jaw bone underneath your gums, but that can be costly and painful. For those who don’t appreciate such long-term solutions, there are more affordable ways to improve you smile.
Bridges Fill Gaps Between Teeth
A bridge is one of the most affordable and common ways to fix a missing tooth. Instead of inserting a metal screw onto which the implant will be placed, a bridge uses adjacent good teeth to anchor it in position while an artificial tooth fills in the gap. The look is natural and relatively easy to have done, and when taken care of properly, the work will last for up to 10 years. Because most people don’t take proper care of their teeth, such dental work will last at least five years in most cases and usually longer before needing to be replaced by your dentist.
Dentures Also Help to Replace Missing Teeth
Although not quite the same as the traditional dentures of which many people are familiar, dentures can be made that will replace one or more missing teeth while still preserving a patient’s good teeth. Common uses for such dentures are when athletes or others have an accident and lose one or more teeth. Hockey players in particular are noted for having teeth missing and needing dentures to help keep their smiles and eating abilities firmly intact.
Which kind of teeth replacement method word best for your budget?