Options available for those who have missing teeth Dental implant A dental implant is a surgical procedure in which a replacement tooth root is placed and fused with the jawbone. While dental implants work well when replacing a single tooth, they may not be the best option for multiple teeth replacement. That said, dental implants provide the look and feel of natural teeth and can last for years, if not decades, without needing to be repaired or replaced. However, since a dental implant requires surgery and typically cost more than bridges or dentures, they aren’t right for everyone. Fixed bridge Quite simply, a fixed bridge bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. The process of implementing a fixed bridge usually involves multiple trips to the dentist, as the process of placing the implant, customizing the bridge and placing the bridge in the location of the missing teeth takes time. Once the bridge is in place, however, a fixed dental bridge looks, feels and functions like natural teeth, does not require removal for cleaning and is typically much more cost effective than a dental tooth implant. Resin-retained bridge A resin-retained bridge is often much less invasive than a fixed bridge. While a fixed bridge is best for teeth that are relied upon for chewing, a resin-retained bridge can be a good alternative for missing front teeth, which typically don’t endure as much pressure. A resin-retained bridge attaches onto the neighboring teeth on each side. Although they are known for being less durable than a fixed bridge, they also tend to be much less expensive. Removable partial denture A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth for a small section of missing teeth and look and function as normal. While a removable partial denture is great for chewing and aesthetic appeal, they are far less durable than a tooth implant or bridge and can become uncomfortable when worn for an extended amount of time.