Replacing Missing Teeth Bellevue & Renton WA

Eastside Oral Surgery Associates

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.

Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and oral surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

Tooth Replacement Options

There are a number of different options to replace missing teeth. Detailed radiographic imaging is often required to determine if grafting procedures are needed to place implants properly.

An example of a dental fixed bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The outer layer of adjacent these teeth is usually removed or prepared prior to attaching the bridge.

An sample of a removable retainer with a plastic tooth known as a flipper

Flipper

A temporary removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

A depiction of a sturdy partial denture cast in metal and plastic

Partial Denture

A removal solution for replacing several missing teeth. It is made of metal and plastic.

A representation of a full denture for the entire lower jaw

Complete Denture

The most common solution for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, and sometimes intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

A visual of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants form a strong foundation for teeth. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place.