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Permanent Tooth Replacement Options

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Dr. Mal Braverman

You might think old folks are the only ones who have to worry about tooth loss, but you’ be wrong! Statistics show that over two-thirds of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. Most of these folks have relatively healthy teeth with decades more life left in them. But because of an accident, a failed root canal, or decay, a tooth was too damaged to be saved. Since they still have nearly full sets of pearly whites, dentures are obviously not an option. What can they do?

A single missing tooth is best treated with a permanent prosthetic, rather than a removable one like dentures. At present, there are two safe and reliable replacement choices: dental implants and fixed bridges. Which should you choose?

Both options have their fair share of pros and cons. Fixed bridges, for example, are not as sturdy or as strong as dental implants, since they rely on adjacent teeth for support. There is also a slightly higher risk of gum disease with bridges because they attract dental plaque. With that said, bridges are far more affordable than implants, which can run as much as 5k per tooth!

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