San Francisco, CA area dentist explains options for replacing missing teeth
At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in and around the community of San Francisco, CA who are experiencing tooth loss are often seeking the help of a knowledgeable dentist who can help them understand and explain the options available for replacing missing teeth. Our team of professionals work closely with individuals to assist them in finding out how they can repair the smile after tooth loss in an effective and affordable manner.
Tooth replacement options
Replacing missing teeth may seem overwhelming to patients who are unfamiliar with the many ways in which a new smile can be achieved. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team of professionals provide some of the following solutions for patient consideration:
- Dentures – full and partial dentures are some of the most economical ways for patients to replace missing teeth within the smile and are often covered in part by dental insurance plans. Full dentures are made of acrylic and include false teeth and gums and are best utilized by patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth. Partial dentures are used for patients who need to replace one or more teeth in the dental arch. These restorations are made with an acrylic and metal framework including false teeth that slide into place when the denture is put in the smile. This provides a restoration that not only allows patients to replace their missing teeth and improve their self-confidence but offers a restoration that is easy to care for with simple removal.
- Dental bridges – dental bridges are single restorations that can replace one or more teeth missing in a row within the dental arch. Dental bridges are made with ceramic and include false teeth called pontics and crowns fused to each end. They use the surrounding teeth for support to allow the bridge to “bridge the gap” between these teeth and restore function and beauty.
- Dental implants – the gold standard in tooth replacement is that of the dental implant. This is usually a titanium post that replaces a single tooth when covered with a dental crown. It functions as a natural tooth and can be more stable than any of the other options. Many times it can be a long-term solution to a missing tooth. Dental implants are also more desirable because they allow for osseointegration, which is the growth of bone around the implant to hold it firmly in place. Other tooth replacement options may leave patients susceptible to bone loss of the jaw, while dental implants are the only option that can maintain the bone over time. While the most expensive option, dental implants can be the most valuable investment a patient can make with their smile.
Ready to learn more?
Discuss tooth replacement options with Dr. Leo Arellano today and get started in discussing the best solution for your smile! Call 415-881-4343 and book a visit with the practice at 3030 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, CA. Our team is here to assist in educating patients about the ways in which they can repair their smile after tooth loss in an affordable, effective, and natural-looking manner.