Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can either be fixed or removable. Fixed bridges attach to teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, either by covering the teeth with crowns, or with bonded attachments. Removable bridges, or partial dentures, can often be a lower cost solution in the replacement of multiple missing teeth.
Implants provide a way to replace missing teeth without involving adjacent teeth. A titanium cylinder is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth, and a new tooth is built on it, usually in the form of a natural-looking porcelain crown.
For people missing all of their teeth in one or both arches, complete dentures are a tried and proven solution. They can provide an attractive appearance, and while not as efficient as natural teeth, they can allow people to chew their food properly, to increase the enjoyment of eating, and to allow for better absorption of nutrients.