Guide to Artificial Teeth for Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Having missing teeth can make you self-conscious about the way your smile looks and increase the risk of oral health issues later in life. Thus, it is important to have a healthy set of teeth. The condition of your teeth is one of the first things people notice about you. People you interact with also tend to make many assumptions about who you are, depending on the condition of your teeth.

People often view healthy teeth as a sign of attractiveness, success and youth. While people often view badly-damaged teeth as signs of aging and a lack of resources to take proper care of one's teeth. The condition of your teeth can even make you appear angry and upset.

If you are missing teeth, the way your smile looks is not your biggest problem. You also have to worry about bone tissue loss. Your jaw bone is constantly receiving stimulation from your teeth roots. When a piece of jawbones does not receive this stimulation since the tooth is missing, your body assumes you no longer need it and begins to leach the calcium in the jawbone for other areas in the body.

Bone tissue loss can spread to other areas of your facial bone structure and drastically alter the way you look. Fortunately, there are many ways to replace missing teeth nowadays. Each one has its pros and cons, so it is up to you and your dentist to figure out what works best for your situation.

What are artificial teeth made of?

Artificial teeth can consist of a wide range of materials like ceramics, porcelain, metals and composites. Ceramic and porcelain are often popular since these look more natural and tend to be stain resistant. There are a variety of artificial teeth that we can customize to fit the empty space or gaps in your mouth.

Here are two of the potential options for replacing missing teeth:

1. Implants

Implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth since they function just like your natural teeth. We place the implant in your jawbone so it can fuse with the bone to become a sturdy replacement. Once the implant securely connects to your jawbone, we will place a crown on the external-facing end.

Implants are a permanent solution so you do not have to do anything else after installation. You simply brush and floss your artificial teeth the same way you clean natural ones. One of the biggest benefits of getting implants is the prevention of bone tissue loss. After installing the implant, it is almost as if you never lost a tooth.

2. Dentures

Dentures are the most affordable way to replace your missing teeth with artificial ones. Dentures consist of two parts: the artificial teeth and a base that connects it to your gums. Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth, while full dentures replace all of your natural teeth. The artificial teeth that come with dentures can consist of porcelain, ceramics or resins.


Contact us to learn more about artificial teeth or to schedule an appointment.

Request a dental consultation for replacing your missing teeth here: or call St. George Dental Care at (435) 465-3211 for an appointment in our St George dental office.

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