Replacement of Missing Teeth - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
Replacement of Missing Teeth
Newsletter for August 2007
Here we are in August with 90° temperatures and the tribe in first
place. Can it get any better?
Stedman's medical dictionary defines "dental prosthesis" as
an artificial replacement of one or more teeth. Patients often ask me how
to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Fortunately, in modern dentistry
there are a number of options. The least expensive and often undesirable
method is with a removable device called a partial (if it replaces a few
teeth) and a denture (if it replaces all the teeth in one arch). The
average denture or partial lasts 7 years. The second method is a bridge.
This involves using teeth on either side of the space, reducing them, and
then interconnecting them to fill the void with a replacement porcelain
tooth or teeth. The average bridge lasts approximately 15 years. The third
option is placing an implant or implants. Basically, implants are titanium
roots that are surgically placed into the jaw bone and restored with
crowns, or use as anchors to secure a partial or denture. Implants have an
incredibly high success rate (95%), and are lifetime prosthesis.
If you or someone you love has questions about replacing a missing
tooth/teeth please call our office for a no charge consultation.
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS
P.S. Thanks to Karusoe Signs for the fine work on my new exterior
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