Ryan Kay, DMD, MS

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What are my options for missing teeth?

Missing Tooth Options | Encinitas Dentist Because of advancements in dentistry as well as improved patient education and knowledge about oral health, we extract fewer teeth than ever before. Occasionally, something occurs that makes an extraction necessary, but we will only recommend it after we have done everything we can to save your tooth.

If you have missing teeth or a planned extraction, we offer a wide variety of options to replace your missing tooth. For single teeth, we may recommend a dental implant or a dental bridge, depending on your health, lifestyle, and personal preference.

A dental implant is one of the most practical and effective ways to replace a missing tooth because your dental implant, which we surgically implant into your bone, is closest to your natural teeth in both appearance and function. Dental implants also provide the added benefits of preserving your bone and they do not require us to involve your adjacent teeth, leaving them intact. 

If you prefer a different alternative or if you are not a good candidate for dental implants, we also offer dental bridges. Dental bridges use your adjacent teeth to anchor a prosthetic tooth. It will hold the space from your missing tooth as well as complete your chewing surface and smile. 

If you have multiple missing teeth, we offer partial removable dentures, implant supported bridges, and complete dentures.


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