5 Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth

It is unfortunate that someone loses a tooth; however, we now have several options to replace it.

1.Removable Partial Denture

It can be very annoying to missing front teeth. A removable partial denture, which is worn during the day, can replace one or more missing teeth. Sometimes a partial denture may need metal clasps to help it stay in the mouth. Unfortunately, these metal clasps can be seen by talking or smiling. Another disadvantage of a removable partial denture is that it can move a little while talking or eating, which can be uncomfortable. We recommend that you remove them overnight and soak them in a cleaning solution. With a partial denture, it is not necessary to file the teeth and this option is the most economical. A full denture can replace any missing teeth.

2.Temporary Denture

A temporary prosthesis is a short-term solution for a missing tooth. We call it a “pinball machine” because it turns easily. This is used when the tooth will be restored in the future with a bridge or an implant, but we are waiting for the site to heal. These are very similar to a removable partial denture but are generally less robust, less bulky, and less expensive. We do not modify the surrounding teeth when we make a fin.


A bridge is an option when there are teeth on each side of the missing tooth. A bridge is a fixed solution that remains cemented in the mouth and does not come out. This method involves cutting the teeth on each side of the missing tooth so that you can connect them together. We recommend the threaders, which slide under the bridge, to keep it clean. The disadvantages for bridges are the cutting of teeth which could be perfectly healthy, and sometimes the bridges of the lower jaw do not last as long as the jaw flexes and the inflexible bridge can cause a leak on one side or the other
which allows cavities or bacteria to infiltrate. Sometimes the teeth next to space need a filling or a crown and this method can kill two birds with one stone; fill the gap and fix the adjacent tooth at the same time. A bridge can easily replace one or two missing teeth, and sometimes more if there is enough support.

4.Dental Implant

An implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. This solution feels and acts almost like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling. The implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and heals in the bone for several months. We then place a pillar on which a crown will be cemented. A major advantage is that it is not necessary to modify the other teeth when placing an implant. One implant is a great solution for a single missing tooth, and even more, implants can replace many missing teeth. By smiling or speaking, there is no way to tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth.

5.Do Nothing

There is always the possibility of doing nothing. When a tooth is removed, the bone melts and the other teeth in the area move to fill the gap. This can sometimes create a difficult spot to clean and lead to other problems like bone loss or cavities around existing teeth.