There are many interesting and long-lasting solutions to tooth replacements. Crowns, bridges and implants look and function like natural teeth. Due to advancements in dental technology, many designs are stronger and longer lasting, so it's no longer necessary to hide your smile or work around an irritating gap in your teeth. So, review the best options for your new tooth replacement.


Crowns are partial replacements for teeth that are chipped off, cracked or missing on top. Whole, not partially missing, teeth are more attractive, and crowns are needed to complete the look. With this procedure, you can turn jagged edges into perfectly straight teeth. Teeth that were thin and weak become strong and round.
Most crowns are made of strong ceramic, resin or porcelain while others are made of copper, gold or silver. The caps are carefully measured and custom made to remain sturdy on the existing tooth.


Bridges are installed to replace two or more missing teeth on a fixed dental prosthesis. The artificial teeth are attached to a metal bridge and supported by nearby natural or artificial teeth. Compared to crowns, bridges replace the whole tooth for a uniform look. Unlike dentures, patients do not worry about having to remove the teeth frequently. Several major types of bridges are cantilever, fixed movable, composite, implant supported and resin bonded.


Dental implants are the most permanent replacements for missing or severely damaged teeth. Crowns cover only the top parts of the teeth, and bridges only work as horizontal links between adjacent teeth. Implants are inserted directly into your jawbone and screwed in with titanium. The implant grows into the bone and becomes a solid part of your mouth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For people who are not ready for permanent teeth, there is the option of implant-supported dentures. A lower denture is attached to four metal implants that are installed into the lower jaw. An upper denture is attached to six smaller implants that are inserted into the upper jaw. The implants are inserted in the cavities that were once occupied by your natural teeth.

People lose their teeth due to severe tooth infections, accidents, etc. There are more than a dozen different techniques that dentists have created to replace damaged teeth. These artificial teeth are made of strong, damage-resistant materials that prevent the future loss of your natural teeth. Find the best option for you based on its natural design, comfort, cost and durability.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.