What would you do if you lost a tooth or several of them? Tooth decay, accidents, or exposed tooth roots can all cause teeth to become loose or fall out entirely.
The solution is not to sit down and wait for more to fall out. Identifying and treating the underlying cause is the first course of action. Then, exploring different options for replacing a missing tooth is your next step.
It is never too late to replace missing teeth. Below, we explore your options for replacing missing teeth and giving you the confidence to smile again.
Dental bridges are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth used to be. It is composed of an artificial tooth, or pontic, that appears like a real tooth and is in place with dental crowns. This provides a more permanent solution than a removable partial denture, as the pontic is anchored in place while a denture relies on suction and adhesive to stay in place.
Additionally, a bridge helps to maintain the shape of the face and its natural alignment, prevents the other teeth from shifting, and can improve eating and speech. For most people, a bridge can last 5 to 10 years, but with proper maintenance and care, it can last much longer.
Titanium is strong, light, corrosion-resistant, and extremely biocompatible. When implanted in the jawbone, titanium bonds to the bone and creates a strong, long-lasting foundation for one or more replacement teeth.
Advantages include reduced surgical time and shorter healing time than traditional dental implants. Disadvantages include greater expense and a greater risk of infection than traditional dental implants. Titanium implants are an attractive option for people who are not candidates for traditional implants.
Crowns fit and contour perfectly to the size and shape of the adjacent teeth, providing a near-natural aesthetic. Crowns can be fabricated using materials like porcelain. It offers the closest resemblance to a natural tooth.
You can customize crowns to complement any esthetic look, making them versatile in a variety of dental situations. While crowns are a great choice for replacing teeth, it is important to consider dental implant services and discuss them thoroughly with your dentist.
Implanted dentures involve the placement of small screws that provide a secure foundation for the denture. The denture is then attached to the implant for a secure fit that looks and feels more natural than traditional dentures. Implant dentures can also help to restore functioning, especially when all teeth have been replaced.
Designed to help with chewing, biting, and speech. They tend to be more expensive than traditional dentures. For those looking for a more secure and natural-looking solution, implanted dentures may be the best option.
Repair Missing Teeth Today
Replacing missing teeth is a great way to improve both your oral health and your overall confidence. Weighing the various options and consulting with a dental professional is the best way to make an informed decision.
Don’t delay. Reach out to a dentist near you and start exploring your options to replace missing teeth.
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