There are diverse dental treatment procedures so tooth loss is not very common. However, in some cases, the tooth may be too damaged to restore functionality through conventional dental treatment. Teeth damage which necessitates extractions can occur through occurrences such as injury, severe periodontal diseases, extensive fractures and severe dental cavities. If you have missing teeth, it is important to ensure that they are replaced for cosmetic and functional purposes. In addition, you should note that dental gaps can contribute to issues such as excessive wear of other functional teeth, gum diseases and jaw joint problems. Here are your main options for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are considered to be the most effective way to replace one or more teeth. Basically, this is a surgical component which is inserted in the jawbone and used to support teeth prosthesis like crowns. The implant is made from resilient, inert and light materials like titanium. The dentist will allow the device to integrate biologically with your bone after the surgical insertion before the crown can be installed. This option is favourable for teeth replacement because it provides an alternative dental root. It will support and protect the jawbone against weakening and the implants will not adversely affect the adjacent teeth. The procedure will provide you with stable and long-lasting artificial teeth. In addition, the teeth will look and feel natural which enhances comfort and aesthetics.
Dental bridges are designed to cover or bridge a gap created by missing teeth. This type of fixed dental prosthetic is usually supported by adjacent teeth on either side of the gap for aesthetic and functional purposes. The dentist will cement the false teeth to the natural teeth for a stable and long-lasting replacement. However, it is crucial to note that fixed bridges are only ideal when the adjacent teeth are strong and healthy. Alternatively, the bridges can be supported using dental implants if your oral health is poor. You can also choose removable bridges if you do not want to settle on the permanent solution. The false teeth in this option are supported by metal clasps on the adjacent teeth. This replacement solution is economical, but the metal clasps will lower the visual appeal.
Dentures are suitable replacements if you have lost most or all of your teeth in any dental arch. These prosthetics are designed using an impression of the patient's dental ridges and fabricated using acrylic materials. The dentures can be placed directly against the gum or on dental implants.
Contact a dentist with a practice like Collins Dental Image to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how you can improve the look of your teeth.