Tooth Replacement Options

Patients with severely damaged, irreparable, or missing teeth have several tooth replacement options to consider, such as dental implants, full-arch restoration, and bridges.

Tooth Replacement Options

Finding a tooth replacement option that you will enjoy for years to come is important. Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants understands that every patient is unique, and so are their needs and preferences when it comes to finding the solution for tooth replacement. At our state-of-the-art practice in Grove City, OH, Dr. Smith specializes in dental implant-based tooth restorations. If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Smith can help you find a tooth replacement option that is best for you.

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement solution. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, preserve bone health in the jaw, and can last a lifetime. However, we realize that dental implants may not be right for every patient. When you are considering a tooth replacement solution It is important to make an informed decision you feel good about. For your convenience, we have listed the most common tooth replacement options available.

Dental Implants

FEATURES:

  • Permanent and durable
  • Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth
  • Natural-looking results
  • Functions like a natural tooth—root and all
  • Able to eat the foods you love
  • Prevents bone loss

A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the crown. An oral surgeon surgically places the implant post into the jaw bone, which will fuse with the bone over several weeks. This creates the permanent and secure foundation for the rest of the tooth. Once the implants have healed, the custom-made crown and connecting abutment will be placed for a natural-look result. Dr. Smith performs dental implant placement at his practice in Grove City, OH. Please visit Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants’ page on Dental Implants to learn more, including all the answers to our Dental Implant FAQs.

Full-Arch Restoration

FEATURES:

  • Permanent and durable
  • Ideal for patients with severe tooth loss
  • Complete upper or lower arch of teeth can be replaced at once
  • Natural-looking results
  • Can eat the foods you love
  • Prevents bone loss

Full-Arch Restoration is a revolutionary tooth replacement option for patients experiencing severe tooth loss. Full-Arch Restoration replaces an entire upper or lower arch of teeth at once. Using as few as four dental implant posts, full-arch restoration provides permanent results with reduced healing time. To learn more about this procedure, we encourage you to visit our Full-Arch Restoration page.

Traditional Dental Bridges

FEATURES:

  • Semi-permanent tooth replacement option
  • Popular solution for those missing one or more teeth in between healthy teeth
  • After a few years, may need to be replaced
  • Natural-looking prosthesis supported by existing teeth
  • Secure—can be fixed (non-removable) or removable

A dental bridge can be the right solution for many patients who desire a secure tooth replacement option but do not wish to undergo a dental implant procedure. Dental bridges can be placed by a general dentist and can be fixed (non-removable) or removable. These bridges are a good solution for those who are missing one or more teeth that are next to each other. Other considerations for dental bridges include that some healthy teeth may need to be ground down, they may need to be replaced after a number of years of wear and tear, and they do not offer protection against bone loss.

Dentures (Full or Partial)

FEATURES:

  • Semi-permanent tooth replacement option
  • For patients with varying degrees of tooth loss
  • May need adjustment or replacement after several years of wear and tear
  • Can replace a full arch or partial arch
  • Prevents dental shifting
  • Improves eating and chewing
  • Patient able to remove at will

Traditional dentures remain a popular tooth replacement option today. Patients who choose dentures often favor their removability while offering a convenient solution to tooth replacement. A dentist or prosthodontist can create a full or partial denture. Patients will need to consider that some foods may need to be restricted while wearing dentures. Dentures should provide a secure and comfortable fit in the mouth; any pain associated with wearing your dentures should be evaluated by a dental health professional. Sometimes, the mouth will need to be surgically prepared to receive the best fit for dentures, called pre-prosthetic surgery. Pre-prosthetic surgery is offered at Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. Please visit our page on Pre-Prosthetic Surgery to learn more.

Tooth Replacement Options

Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants are experts when it comes to dental implant-based restorations at our Grove City, OH, practice, but we know that it may not be the right solution for every patient. That’s why we make every effort to ensure you find the right tooth replacement option for you and create customized treatment plans for patients who choose to visit Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. To learn more about the right tooth replacement option for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Smith.