How To Choose Your Prosthetic Options



Allen Family Dentistry offers a variety of prosthetic options

If you have missing teeth, you may experience lower confidence in your smile, difficulty eating your favorite foods, and stress about how you can best repair the problem. There are many different options when it comes to replacing your missing teeth and it can be overwhelming. At Allen Family Dentistry in Allen, Texas, we know that having gaps in your smile can cause several issues, and we are here to help. In today’s blog, we are here to talk about your options when it comes to prosthodontics.

Comparing Bridges And Dentures

You may already be familiar with dentures. This is a type of prosthetic that replaces an entire row of your dentition. Depending on your needs, a patient may have top and bottom dentures or just one row. There is also the option for partial dentures, which replace unhealthy or missing dentition, but allow you to keep the remaining healthy ones.

In comparison, bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. This works by securing the crown to the abutment. The surrounding teeth will hold your bridge in place, so you will not need to worry about removing it to clean it or worry about it affecting your day-to-day.

Implants Offer A Permanent Solution

Depending on your oral health and the strength of your jaw, you may qualify to receive implants. This is a permanent prosthetic option. If you are determined to be a good candidate for this, you will go through a series of appointments including surgery to place the post, healing time to fuse the post and bone, and adding the crown. This process can take several months but will last a lifetime without the need to worry about your prosthetic coming loose or falling out.

Implants can be used for patients needing to replace one tooth or several. There is even an option to have All-On-4 Implants, which are permanent dentures secured in place.

Every Patient Has Different Needs

Each prosthetic option offers a solution that can benefit an individual’s needs. Together with your dentist, you can discuss what prosthetic would best address your problem. Replacing your missing teeth has many more benefits than simply repairing the visual appearance of your smile. Prosthetics can help restrengthen the jaw, make it easier to eat, speak, and keep your remaining natural teeth healthy.

Come In For A Consultation

If you have missing teeth, do not put off replacing them. Schedule a visit with your dentist by calling Allen Family Dental today at (469) 342-6644 to learn about your options.  Located in Allen, TX, we also serve patients who live nearby in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Fairview, and all surrounding communities.