How to Replace a Missing Tooth

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To replace a missing tooth, you can use partial dentures, bridges or flippers, depending on the position of the mouth, where the tooth is located and how man teeth are being replaced. Learn more about replacing missing teeth with help from a dentist in this free video on dental advice.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Mike Glasmeier from the First Impressions Family Dentistry in Antioch, Tennessee. And today, we're going to be discussing different tooth replacement options for missing teeth. The materials use, they're depending on the, the amount of teeth that need to be replaced will dictate what sort of treatment we provide. The typical options that we use to replace teeth can involved partial dentures, bridges or flippers. For a single tooth replacement, typically a flipper is a great indication for treatment. A flipper is a small prosthesis that slides in and out of the mouth, that is removable, and it has a single tooth attached to it, and it just grabs around all the other teeth, so it's held in. An advantage of a flipper is that it's very, it's aesthetic and it's inexpensive and it's very easy to make. A partial denture is another option to replace teeth. It's more indicative for multiple missing teeth. Whereas a flipper is for one, a partial denture can replace multiple teeth and it's a great option because it's inexpensive and it can be made very very quickly in the lab. A partial denture is a prosthesis that pops in and out of the mouth, that is removable by the patient, and it can be made of different materials ranging from acrylic to nylon to a combination of metal and acrylic. Another option, that's the most superior for replacing a single tooth, is probably called a bridge. A bridge is in a plastic, goes in permanently. Similar to a partial denture in that it's fixed, and it does not get taken back out, and the teeth nearby the space are actually crowned or capped and the bridges glued in on top of where the missing space is. The advantages of a bridge is that it's the most aesthetic option for replacing a tooth and it's also not removable. In conclusion, there are multiple ways that a tooth can be replaced depending on the position of the mouth and where it's located and how many teeth are being replaced.


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