Replacing Missing Teeth

Who would choose for their health or appearance to Deteriorate? Well, that’s what naturally happens with missing teeth – the jaw practically gets dissolved over time. It is often said that 25% of the bony framework is lost within the first year after tooth loss. It is easier to place dental implants after extraction of a tooth because, over time, the process becomes difficult due to the loss of the underlying jaw bone.

What’s the good news? Implants can function in a similar way to your natural teeth; it protects and sustains the jaw bone, oral hygiene, and outlook. Our surgeons at Gastonia NC – Gaston Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will provide you the most comfortable care while listening to your desires and expectations to get the best tooth-replacement option perfect for you.

Available Options for tooth replacement

There are a variety of options available today for temporary to long term solutions for replacing missing teeth.

A perfect candidate is someone who has one or more missing teeth and desires to do away with dentures. Age is not a limitation, while smoking, chronic disease like diabetes or radiation treatment in the affected area may reduce the successful outcome of dental implants. The procedure requires a current x-ray examination of the jaw to determine the viability of the jaw bone to accommodate an implant; however, further tests may be necessary based on individual to ensure the proper placement of the implants.

An example of a dental fixed bridge

Fixed Bridge

This is an interconnected set of teeth that replaces missing teeth, and it is usually cemented on top of teeth adjacent to the empty spaces to provide support. It requires the removal of the outer layer of these teeth before the attachment is made.

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


This is a delicate, intermediate, and affordable alternative to a missing tooth. It is a plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, usually called a “flipper.”

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

Metal Partial

This a less breakable option and is a replaceable partial denture cast in plastic and metal. It is fixed in position by wire clips. This removable partial denture can be removed and re-fixed by the patient effortlessly.

A representation of a full denture for the entire lower jaw


Some patients are comfortable with dentures, and this is the most prevalent option for people with missing all teeth. However, due to variation in jaw size and shape, many people also find dentures uncomfortable and intolerable.

A visual of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the most pleasant and lasting replacement option. They provide a solid base for teeth and keep the jaw sound and stable. In contrast to bridges, no healthy teeth are harmed. Implants support each tooth individually, as a bridge, or secure complete dentures in position. In contrast to most replacements, implants can be maintained long term. The implant-supported teeth can be very natural appearing, stable, and acceptable for practically any patient.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are a few reasons: A dental bridge requires sacrificing adjacent tooth structure in order to bridge the gap where there is a missing tooth/teeth. Moreover, evacuating a denture or a “partial” during the evening might be poorly arranged; also dentures that slip can be awkward and somewhat humiliating.