Elmhurst Dentist Compares Various Tooth Replacement Options

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 8, 2016

Choosing the appropriate tooth replacement option for your smile is very important. You want to make sure that you pick a replacement tooth that meets your aesthetic needs, and fits into your daily life.

In this short article, our Elmhurst dentists will outline the basics of popular tooth replacement options. After reading this article you’ll have a better idea of which treatments might work for you.


The denture is a tried and true tooth replacement option. The denture is used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Traditionally, dentures have been designed so that they sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. They stay in place because the denture’s base is designed to fit in the patient’s mouth; dental adhesive can further secure these replacement teeth.

Now, however, dentures can actually be permanently affixed in the patient’s mouth using mini dental implant roots.


Dental bridges also sit on top of the gum tissue. These replacement teeth are held in place because they are attached to adjacent natural teeth. Consequently, bridges can put some unnecessary strain on the anchor teeth.

Dental Implants

The dental implant is actually a stand-alone replacement tooth. This replacement tooth does not require dental adhesive, and does not need to be attached to adjacent teeth. Rather, the dental implant is held in place by a titanium implant root. This dental implant root actually replaces the natural tooth root—the part of your tooth that sits in your jawbone.

Because the dental implant has a root, it stays in place 24/7, while looking and feeling exceptionally natural. Additionally, the dental implant root helps to support the surrounding bone tissue, and prevent bone tissue deterioration.

When you come in to meet with our Elmhurst dentists, we can give you all of the information that you need about your many tooth replacement options. Together, we’ll choose the ideal treatment option for your smile.