When you’ve got a missing tooth, we know the feeling of panic and terror that can quickly ensue. If it ever occurs, it’s something that you want hidden and fixed ASAP. But depending on why and how you lost that tooth, will determine which solution is suitable for you.

And aesthetics aside, the longer you wait to replace that tooth, the more damage it can have on the rest of your teeth. That missing root can throw off the alignment of your teeth, can hinder proper function when eating, and even alter the contour of your jaw. So if you’ve lost a tooth, here are the options for replacement.

Dental Implants

This is the most sought after form of replacing missing teeth. It’s top quality and can provide you with the best and closest version next to a real tooth. This is due to the fact that it actually replaces the root of the tooth, which is then combined with a crown attachment. This can help to stimulate the jawbone contours, and of course provide reliable function back to your mouth.

Fixed Partial Denture

The fixed partial denture (FPD) comes in as the second most popular procedure. This method entails having a false tooth inserted between two existing teeth. Those two existing teeth utilize crowns to support and hold that false tooth in place. This method is less expensive than implants and usually requires less wait time as well.

Removable Partial Denture

A removable partial denture or RPD, mimics gum tissue by having a false tooth fastened to the gum by a plastic insert. This artificial tooth is then supported by metal clasps that hook into adjacent teeth.

This was one of the go-to procedures many years ago, as it restores the aesthetics and function for a very affordable price. There is, however a greater risk of developing some adverse effects, such as gum disease or tooth decay, and deterioration of the jawbone.

But like everything, each procedure has its pros and cons. The main factor is determining what your situation is, and which method will benefit you and make the most sense. Talk to your dentist to discuss your options. They can recommend a dental surgeon who can discuss in further what each procedure involves.