February 18, 2022

Options to Replace Your Missing Teeth


Everyone deserves to have a smile that they’re proud of. And everyone deserves to have good dental care. If you have missing teeth, you might run into multiple problems. It can be harder to chew, prevent cavities, and take care of your remaining teeth. Some people also get embarrassed by having a visibly missing tooth when they smile.

There are several different ways to replace a missing tooth, many of which are cost effective. Here at Carolina Dental Arts, we serve clients all over North Carolina. You can schedule a consult at our practices in Raleigh, Durham, or Goldsboro to find out about options for your missing teeth.

Some of the options available to you might include:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option to replace your missing teeth. They’re extremely popular because of their reliability and comfort. Whether you need to replace just one tooth or several, a dental implant can make your life easier.

One major advantage of dental implants is that they can last for life. Just make sure you take care of them.

Dental implants can take some time to place. First your dentist will place metal screws where the root used to be. These will anchor the artificial tooth. After placing the screws, you have to let them heal for a few months.

Once they’re fully healed, the screws fuse to your jawbone. They won’t come loose or become damaged. At this point, you can have a crown put on top of the tooth.

Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge works best when you have several missing teeth next to each other. This goes especially for people who believe that dental implants will take too much time to use.

With this type of bridge, the tooth on either end will be secured using an implant. But any teeth in between won’t have any screws holding them in place. The ends of the bridge are secured well enough for the teeth to last for life.

The advantage of this is that it can be simpler and less uncomfortable than getting individual implants. That goes especially for people with 4 or more teeth missing next to each other.

Of course, this type of bridge only works if you have more than two teeth missing next to each other.

Tooth-Supported Bridge

Tooth-supported bridges are bridges for your missing teeth that are not supported with implants. Instead, the remaining teeth on each side support the bridge.

Your dentist will put a crown over the remaining teeth on both sides of the bridge. The bridge will be attached to either side. That way, you don’t need to wait months for implants to fuse to your bone.

In fact, this is one of the quickest available procedures. You’ll be done within a couple visits. There’s no need for surgery, and it tends to be affordable.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that cleaning your teeth is vital. Sometimes food particles and plaque can slide under the bridge. If you don’t clean your teeth rigorously, you might have an increased risk of potential infection.

Partial Dentures

If you don’t want to have your missing teeth permanently replaced, you might consider removable dentures. You’ve probably heard of dentures for people who have lost all their teeth. But did you know that you can have custom dentures made for just a couple missing teeth?

When you put the dentures in, there are clasps that hold them in place. This keeps the artificial teeth in the right places. You get an improved bite and smile without any invasive procedures.

Dentures are also easy to modify in case of future tooth loss. And they can be easily repaired and replaced when need be.

The biggest drawback of this option is that you’ll need to take the dentures out and clean them every day. Some people don’t like having to do that much maintenance. Dentures also have visible metal clasps, which implants lack.


One of the most affordable options for replacing your missing teeth is to use a flipper. Flippers are temporary dentures that can “flip” into position. You don’t need to secure it with your remaining teeth. It is also less visible than traditional dentures since there aren’t metal clasps.

This is a super inexpensive and non-invasive means of replacing your teeth. It is also more lightweight, and some people say it’s more comfortable than traditional dentures.

However, you should be aware that flippers are meant to be temporary. While they work great on a temporary basis, you should have plans for a more permanent solution.

Final Thoughts

Missing teeth don’t have to be an embarrassing or painful experience. No matter your budget or situation, there are ways to replace the teeth and restore your bite. Not only does this improve your smile, but it can also help prevent further tooth loss. Are you ready to see what a dental implant can do your smile? Contact the team at Carolina Dental Arts to schedule an appointment today. Carolina Dental Arts offers exceptional dental procedures in North Carolina at our locations across the state, including Glenwood SouthGoldsboro and New Bern Ave.




August 4, 2021

Are you scouring the web or social media for sure-fire ways to brighten your smile? It is very important that any teeth whitening methods you choose are safe for your teeth. The last thing you want to do is to damage your tooth enamel.During your next visit, talk to your Carolina Dental Arts dentist about your desire for whiter teeth. Your dentist has in-office and at-home whitening methods that can quickly help you achieve your smile goals. Until your next appointment, consider some of the safe ways to brighten your smile, below.

Why does everyone want whiter teeth?

Subconsciously, we all equate white teeth to youth, vitality and good health. Having a bright smile also gives you more self-confidence when smiling, socializing and speaking to others.

Most people experience yellowing and staining of teeth as part of aging. This yellowing also occurs because of poor oral hygiene and lifestyle choices.

Some lifestyle and dietary choices that yellow and stain teeth include:

  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Colas
  • Fruit juices
  • Curry
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Berries
  • Beet root

Visiting your dentist’s office regularly is one way to brighten your smile and keep it looking its best. You can also request teeth whitening treatment. But if you do not consider professional teeth whitening affordable, you have other options for whiter teeth. These options start with cutting out the staining lifestyle choices above and making some of the other choices, below.

Keep Your Teeth Clean

Keeping your teeth clean as part of a good daily oral hygiene regimen is the best way to brighten your smile. In fact, no teeth whitening method will work well if you do not brush, floss and visit your dentist as you should. Also consider using a whitening toothpaste to give you an extra edge in brightening your pearly whites.

Drink Enough Water Daily

Daily water intake is also important to brighten your smile. As said above, drinking beverages like red wine, coffee and colas can stain and yellow your teeth. It only takes just over half a minute for those dark beverages to penetrate your tooth enamel. But drinking more water, especially after staining beverages, can wash away yellowing agents.

8 Sure-Fire Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Use a Teeth Whitening Pen

Dental products have come a long way in the past 20 years. Among the products you can use to brighten your smile is a brightening pen. These pens effectively remove stains and whiten teeth when applied according to their instructions. You can find the pens in your local drugstore, big box retailer or grocery market. They are available in flavors like mint and vanilla for easy use.

Using a whitening pen is easy. You simply apply the pen’s contents to your teeth three times daily. For 40 minutes after the application you avoid drinking, chewing gum or eating. In no time you can see the improvement in your smile.

Rub Your Teeth with Banana Peel

Although it sounds like a joke, using banana peel to brighten your smile is a smart hack. After enjoying a banana, remember to rub the inside of the peel over your teeth. Then rinse well. This method does not provide immediate results. But you will notice a difference in your smile’s vibrancy after five or six peel applications.

Chew Sugarless Gum

Chewing sugarless gum after you eat is good for kickstarting salivation to naturally clean plaque from your teeth. But chewing sugarless gum that contains Xylitol can help you maintain a whiter smile, at the same time.

Make a Natural Stain Remover

Mixing lemon with baking soda creates a natural stain remover. Applying this to your teeth can brighten your smile. Of course, you still need to brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.

Apply Lipstick with Blue Undertones

If you want to brighten your smile instantly, you can apply a lipstick with blue undertones. Colors containing blue undertones include reds, plums and pinks. Although it is an optical illusion and not actually whitening your teeth, this is a quick “cheat” toward better smile confidence.

Visit Your Raleigh or Goldsboro, NC Dentist to Brighten Your Smile

Your dentist has the skill, procedures and equipment to help you brighten your smile. Dramatic brightening can take place in just one visit to their office, such as through professional teeth whitening. Veneers and bonding are other methods for an instantly more youthful and whiter smile. Other options include at-home whitening kits from your dentist’s office. Schedule a visit with our Goldsboro dentist office or one of our two Raleigh dentist office locations today to learn more about how you can safely brighten your smile.


Kathy Anders
Kathy Anders
Excellent staff and love my dentist and the ladies in the office! Mrs. Patsy is my favorite and Liz is second. They are all good at what they do. Keeping my smile and my teeth looking their best! Awesome as always!
Marian Malone
Marian Malone
Ashley who was my hygienist today did such a wonderful job on my teeth. I have gone in for cleanings before with other dentists in the area of Goldsboro and always come out with yellow teeth still.. I did not have any any kind of whitening done she just cleaned my teeth and I felt so good afterward .
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Tisse Martin (Tisse)
Carolina Dental Arts staff & services are amazing. I called in as a new patient. They got me in and took care of my tooth the same day, with little waiting time. I was truly impressed. Thanks again CDA, see you guys soon ! 🤗
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Janai Donyele
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