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Are you familiar with the effects that improper oral hygiene can have on your smile? One side effect of poor dental health or injury is missing teeth. Because tooth loss can have a debilitating effect on your smile, you will need to make sure that you visit our dentist as soon as possible for appropriate restorations that can replace your missing teeth. The sooner that you can receive active care, the better and safer your smile will be. A complete smile is a happy smile.

If you’re looking for an effective tooth replacement, you have several options to consider, three of which are listed below:

– Dentures: If you wish to improve your smile with dentures, it is important to realize that they are both temporary and removable. Because dentures are removable, they will not be as firm or sturdy as some other options, which means that you may have to make some adjustments to your daily life and diet. However, dentures can be easily cleaned and taken care of.

– Dental Implants: Dental implants are inserted directly into your jawbone, providing a stable, non-movable solution that often does not require you to make changes to your diet or lifestyle. With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. The installation of dental implants does require a strong jawbone. If your jawbone is not strong enough, you may need a bone grafting procedures or alternative tooth replacement.

– Dental Bridges: Another form of tooth replacement is a fixed dental bridge. This customized dental prosthetic can provide decades of support for your mouth. Dental bridges are highly effective because they are anchored in place by attaching directly to neighboring teeth or implants. This helps hold your remaining, healthy teeth while also helping maintain your oral health. Because dental bridges are fixed in place, patients often do not have to make changes to their daily routine or diet.

Are you attracted to the idea of replacing lost or missing teeth? If so, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Drs. Best, Traina, Sarmiento, or Sahrbeck at our prosthodontic office in Portland, Maine. You can reach us at 207-775-6348. Prosthodontics Associates, P.A. looks forward to enhancing your smile with tooth replacement treatments.