Different types of tooth replacements
At Greater Montana Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, we want our patients who have missing or broken teeth to be as informed as possible when it comes to choosing the right tooth replacement option. The tooth replacement option that is right for you may not be right for everyone—and that’s OK! We are here to help you decide on a treatment plan you can feel good about.
Dr. Jerman specializes in dental implant-based tooth restorations including dental implants and full-arch restoration. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option because they are versatile, permanent, and natural-looking, among other benefits.
When you come to Greater Montana Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Jerman will evaluate your condition, discuss your oral health goals, and create a treatment plan to help you achieve improved oral health. While Dr. Jerman performs dental implant-based tooth restorations at his practice in Kalispell, MT, other tooth replacement options may be available to you through your dentist or other dental health professional. Here are the most common options for tooth replacement:
- Dental Implants. Dental implants are a great choice for many patients for several reasons. In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning like natural teeth, dental implants are able to replace a single tooth, many teeth, or even an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. Because the dental implant post securely fuses with the jaw bone, the oral health of the jaw is preserved by preventing bone loss. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, we encourage you to visit our Dental Implants and Dental Implants FAQ pages.
- Implant-Supported Dentures/Full-Arch Restoration. Full-arch restoration offers the security of dental implants while replacing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth at once. Also known as All-on-4®, full-arch restoration places a full set of teeth with as few as 4 dental implant posts.
- Bridges. A bridge is a good tooth replacement solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth that are next to each other. With a bridge, the prosthesis is placed over the missing teeth and supported by the healthy adjacent teeth. However, healthy teeth may need to be ground down for a bridge to be placed and may require replacement with wear and tear.
- Full or Partial Dentures. Dentures are a common and popular tooth replacement solution. Many patients prefer dentures because they can replace a single tooth, many teeth, or an entire arch of teeth at once. Some patients also prefer dentures because they are removable. Dentures should always provide a comfortable and secure fit and may need to be adjusted by your dentist from time to time. Surgical correction may be recommended if your dentures no longer fit well despite adjustments.
If you would like to learn more about your options for tooth replacement, we encourage you to contact Greater Montana Oral & Dental Implant Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Jerman.