As many as 70% of adults are missing one more teeth and by age 74 25% of adults are missing all of their teeth. Replacing missing teeth is a procedure commonly performed. Options for replacing missing teeth include a fixed bridge, a removable bridge or partial denture, dentures, or dental implants. Removable solutions are usually the least expensive, but are the most difficult to get used to. As many as 50% of adults do not use their denture all of the time due to pain, or discomfort, or embarassment. Imagine having this happen:
A fixed bridge is attached permanently to your other teeth. If your other teeth need crowns or fillings its not a bad idea and can be cost -effective. It's important to know that as many as 1/2 of fixed bridges do not last more than 5 years.
Dental implants are oftentimes the best way to replace teeth that missing. They are predictable, long lasting, and feel similar to your own teeth. They can be more expensive and take more time, but like the old addages say,
- "You get what you pay for."
- "Good things come to those who wait."