When you are missing a tooth, there are several replacement options.

Flipper/Partial Denture

This is a removable prosthesis that replaces the missing tooth/teeth. It can be very small, discrete and matches your natural tooth color. This option is the most conservative, reversible and can be a temporary or long-term solution.


A surgically-placed titanium or zirconia post replaces the missing tooth root. The crown of the tooth (the visible tooth portion) is made at a secondary procedure made several months after the implant is placed.

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 A traditional bridge is a false tooth (abutment) splinted by crowns to the adjacent teeth. The unit is cemented onto your natural teeth. A Carlson/Maryland/Composite bridge is when a false tooth is glued on to the sides of the adjacent teeth. Thus, minimal tooth structure is lost.

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