The average American has lost 12 permanent teeth by age 50 but advances in prosthetic dentistry provide effective solutions. Bridges and implants can fill the spaces your natural teeth leave behind and are often more functional and attractive than the teeth they replace. Implants are the preferred option for replacing a single tooth. A titanium screw serves as a replacement for the tooth root and is fitted with a cap that looks like a tooth. It is implanted into your jawbone and anchored in place. After healing, the screw is replaced with a post and a porcelain crown is cemented on. Bridges are good options for replacing several teeth. Artificial teeth are fused to a metal frame and cemented onto implants or healthy teeth covered by crowns. Discuss your options for a beautiful smile with your dentist.