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Have you suffered the loss of a tooth recently? If you have any lost or missing teeth or are scheduled for a tooth extraction in the near future, it is a good idea to have a replacement set in your mouth as soon as possible. Leaving an empty void in your mouth can lead to various oral health issues including bacteria buildup and potential movement and slippage of other teeth.

Replacing your missing teeth doesn’t have to be a chore, but there are a few treatments you need to consider:

– Dentures are remarkable artificial tooth replacements that are both removable and temporary and can help replace the lost functionality of teeth. Dentures come be modified as either partial dentures, which are used to replace a few missing teeth at a time, and complete dentures, which can be crafted to replace entire rows of teeth.

– Dental implants are remarkable artificial tooth replacements that are permanent and are drilled directly into the jawbone and are often regarded as the most effective treatment method for replacing teeth. Dental implants are extremely durable and can be modified to an almost identical look and functionality of any teeth that have been lost.

– Dental bridges are remarkable artificial tooth replacements that are permanent and can fill the gap left behind by missing teeth, with various materials, often consisting of porcelain, to mimic the look and functionality of normal teeth. Bridges are held in place by latching onto nearby teeth and implants and are an outstanding tooth replacement procedure if your jaw is not strong enough to support dental implants.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. to see if you are a candidate for a tooth replacement, please call our dentist office in Lexington, Kentucky at 859.278.9391. Dr. David Smith and the rest of our team look forward to improving your smile for many years to come!