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What To Do About Missing Teeth

Tooth loss can be a stressful issue, but one that our Lumberton dentist handles often. Find out what we can do for you!

If you are missing one or more of your permanent teeth you may be trying to figure out how to best treat your tooth loss. This issue is not dental implantsone to be ignored. Tooth loss can have a serious impact on the rest of your smile if not taken care of. Find out more about the tooth replacement options our Lumberton, NC dentist Dr. Colin Osborne, III offers.

Dental Bridges

A fixed bridge can be used to fill the gap left behind by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is supported by two dental crowns, which are cemented over natural teeth that surround the gap.

The benefits of dental bridges are that they look and function like natural teeth; they don’t need to be removed for cleanings and they are less expensive than implants.

Dentures

No matter whether you have lost most or all of your teeth, partial or full dentures could help replace your teeth. This prosthetic is a gum-colored foundation that holds a set of false teeth. Partial dentures are held in place with attachments or clasps, while full dentures use suction or adhesives to secure them to the gums.

Dentures are usually the least expensive tooth replacement treatment. They are easier to repair than a dental bridge and most people are candidates for dentures. One thing to keep in mind with dentures is that they must be removed every night and cleaned.

Dental Implants

This is a popular option, particularly for people looking to replace a single tooth, several teeth or to support dentures. These small titanium posts are secured into the jawbone where they fuse together with bone and tissue to support dental crowns or even a full set of dentures.

The benefits of dental implants are that they are versatile, can be maintained with routine care, can last a lifetime, and look and feel like natural teeth. From beginning to end, it can take several months to get implants.

We know you probably have questions or want to learn more about which treatment option would fit best with your lifestyle. Call our Lumberton, NC dental office to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

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