Replacing Missing Teeth in Coon Rapids & Minneapolis, MN
Missing teeth can cause an extraordinary amount of pain and discomfort for a patient. A missing tooth can affect a person’s confidence, smile, eating, and overall health. Missing teeth can cause headaches, jaw pain and difficulty sleeping. The bone surrounding the tooth in the jaw begins to deteriorate from the moment the tooth is missing and can cause many problems down the line.
Options for Replacing Teeth
Depending on the severity and location of the missing tooth, there are a variety of options for securely replacing the tooth. Dr. El Deeb will be able to determine the best replacement route after an examination with x-ray assessment. Here are some of the options available:
A fixed bridge includes multiple teeth and replaces a tooth by securing to the two adjacent teeth. The adjacent teeth are usually ground down to ‘fit’ the two anchoring teeth in the fixed bridge.
A ‘flipper’ is another term for a plastic, temporary, and removable tooth. This is secured with a plastic retainer and is usually for the upper teeth.
A partial denture is a removable denture that is usually made from metal and plastic. It is secured by wire clips and can be removed by the patient.
Dentures are tooth replacement options for those people who are missing all the teeth in a row. Usually featured in elderly patients who have lost their teeth, patients with dentures experience different levels of comfort.
Dental implants are the most permanent and comfortable of the missing tooth options. They are secured to the mouth by screwing into the jaw bone, Dental implants are considered permanent tooth replacement options.