The Ins and Outs of Tooth Replacement Options
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you may be very familiar with the stress and health concerns it may cause.
Missing teeth can cause difficulty chewing, speaking, and smiling. Missing even one tooth in the back of the mouth can cause the face to shift, making you look older. But, you don’t have to walk around feeling hopeless about your situation. There are many tooth replacement options available to make you look and feel like your vibrant self again. With some education and discussion, you can be equipped to make the best decision regarding your options for missing teeth.
Understanding Tooth Replacement Options
In order to make an educated decision, it’s important to have an understanding of what your options are. Here, we will discuss some of the most common and popular reconstructive dental treatments:
- Dental Implant – More natural looking than other options, it is also more stable and typically longer lasting than many other tooth replacement options. It also stimulates the bone under the tooth which in turn aids in the avoidance of the change in facial appearance due to bone loss. The American Academy of Periodontology agrees, suggesting that dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. Dental implants can last decades with the proper care.
- Bridge – A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that was once previously occupied by a tooth. A bridge may be indispensable in preventing the shifting of teeth that can lead to bite or jaw problems. Bridges protect the existing teeth, helping to maintain a healthy smile. There are three main types of bridges: The Fixed bridge, The Maryland Bridge, and The Cantilever Bridge. All of which are essential for a healthy mouth and smile in their own right making them a forerunner in dental options for missing teeth.
- Dentures – Another fantastic dental replacement option is removable dentures. It may take some time to adjust to your dentures because they won’t feel like your natural teeth, but by using state-of-the-art technology and updated materials, dentures can now be custom designed to look more natural and feel more comfortable. There are several options for dentures ranging from partial to full and lower to upper. Depending on your need, your dentist can help determine which option is best for you.
As you can see, when it comes to tooth replacement options, there is a lot to consider. Not having a choice is not an option. We are here to help you determine the best option for your smile. If you have any questions or concerns we strongly suggest that you schedule a consultation. We would love to discuss your options and help you find your smile again.