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Patient education is an essential part of the services we provide at Bethlehem Town Family Dental. When you understand the impact that your oral health can have on your life, you’re more likely to be proactive about dental care.
Nobody expects you to know everything about dentistry, which is why we’re available to answer all your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes. All the answers below are written by our team instead of some template that is used by hundreds of other dental offices.
There are a few options to replace a tooth or multiple teeth:
Flippers or Partial Dentures
The most economical option would be to make a flipper to replace a few teeth or a partial denture to replace multiple teeth and areas. Flippers are usually used as a temporary solution while patient explores other options. Flippers will help greatly with the look by filling the missing space with denture teeth so it appears as if you are not missing a tooth. However, it's not meant for heavy chewing or grinding food.
Partial dentures are designed to replace teeth more permanently with stronger retention and better fit. The denture will grab onto teeth that are next to the missing space and fill the missing space with denture teeth. Partial dentures will be great for both the look and chewing food. Flipper and partial dentures are both removable so patient must remove them at night before sleep. Please visit our partial denture page for more information about the material selection.
Bridges have often been the most optimal choice in the past prior to implants. Bridges can be a good choice if you wish to replace 1 or 2 teeth, but as the bridge gets longer, the risk for problems can increase. The main problem with bridge is the requirement to cut teeth next to the missing space down to a smaller size so we can properly insert the bridge. If teeth next to the space already need crowns or have large fillings, this may indicate the use of a bridge.
However, if the teeth next to the space are healthy teeth that never had any dental work done, bridges will not be a great choice. Bridges are also hard to keep clean because it's a connected piece so cleaning under the bridge can be challenging. Bridges are a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without having to take it in and out. There are multiple criteria we screen for prior to suggesting a bridge and we welcome you to come in for a consultation.
Implants have become the best option to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in the recent decade due to the advancement of implant technology. While implants can become very confusing and requires multiple steps, the end result is much better than any other options available at the moment. The treatment plan for implants will involve a surgeon (oral surgeon or periodontist) that places the titanium screw into the bone and after adequate healing we, will place the abutment and implant crown onto the implant screw. For details of how the implant procedure work, please visit our implant page for more information.
Implants can easily be cleaned and do not require us to cut an adjacent tooth. Once implants are completed it will feel like your own tooth and you don't have to worry about getting more cavities on this implant tooth. The set back for patients to receive this treatment has primarily due to cost. However, with payment plans such as Care Credit and insurance companies coverage, its popularity has continued to climb in the recent years. Please contact us to set up a consultation appointment as we are more than happy to continue this discussion. Implant is a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without the need to take it in and out.
If you’re interested in tooth replacement in Glenmont, NY, bridges and dental implants are two of the options available. They both have their advantages, and which you choose would depend on your overall oral health, your preference, and your budget.
Most people are familiar with dental bridges because until recently, they were the only solution available to replace a single tooth. A bridge is a prosthetic that uses an artificial tooth to sit in the space left by the missing tooth. While bridges solve the aesthetic problem and restore some function, there are a couple of drawbacks.
First, our dentists need to anchor the bridge to the teeth on either side of the open space, which means we must alter their structure. Also, since a bridge sits on top of your gum, it doesn’t do anything to prevent gum recession or bone loss.
On the other hand, dental implants in Glenmont, NY are a standalone tooth replacement. A small titanium post is anchored in your jaw bone, and a prosthetic is attached to restore function. In the case of a single missing tooth, we would use a crown; if we replace several missing teeth, we will combine the implants with a bridge or denture.
With dental implants, we don’t need to alter healthy teeth as we do with bridges. The implant takes the place of the missing tooth root, so it helps keep the bone in your jaw strong and healthy.
If you are looking for a dental implants dentist, please call Bethlehem Town Family Dental and request a consultation with Dr. Huang or Dr. Xu to learn more.