The Best Dental Replacement Options For Missing Canine Teeth

Canine teeth are the sharp, pointed teeth near the front of the mouth. The canines are strong teeth that play an important role in grabbing and holding food during the chewing process. Loss of one or both canines due to trauma or decay can greatly impact your ability to comfortably eat. Dental replacement options are available, but it's important to discuss with your dentist which options will offer the strongest replacement for the canines.

Dental Bridge

A bridge involves placing artificial crowns on the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. An artificial tooth hangs between those crowns to fill the empty space. A bridge is relatively stable, but a traditional bridge might not be the best choice for a missing canine. These teeth take a decent amount of force when biting, and that force risks loosening those support caps and causing damage to the capped teeth.

If you have multiple missing teeth in your jaw, a fixed bridge might provide a better and stabler option. A fixed bridge is essentially a partial denture plate that fits down onto metal roots that are implanted into the jaw. These roots offer the needed stability for the artificial canine.

Dental Implants

If you only have one or two missing teeth, then dental implants might be your best option. An implant uses the same type of root as a fixed bridge but only snaps one artificial tooth onto each root.

Traditional or endosteal implants typically involve a few steps with healing time between the steps. The root is implanted into the jaw and allowed to heal until the bone and tissue fuse around the root to hold it firmly in place. A post is then attached to the top of the root. Then the tooth is snapped onto the post at a later date.

If you have bone damage or decay in the location of the missing tooth, you might have to undergo a bone graft before receiving the implant. The graft uses bone from elsewhere in your mouth to build up the weakened area. This adds even more healing time to the process.

Subperiosteal implants exist that don't require the graft, but aren't the best choice for replacing a missing canine. A subperiosteal implant has a metal plate root that fits over the jawbone and is held into place by the healing gums. The lack of jaw anchoring means this type of implant isn't as stable as an endosteal implant and might not be able to withstand the repeated force placed on the canines.

For more information about tooth replacement, visit Crestwood Dental Clinic.