Having a missing tooth can be a pain. The empty space can be hard to keep clean, the jawbone beneath it can weaken, causing later complications, and sporting a missing tooth can make you feel self-conscious. But don’t fret! A number of options exist for replacing a missing tooth, and your mouth can soon be restored to look and work as good as new. We’ll talk about your options here.
Removable partial dentures. Wearing a partial denture during the day can replace one or multiple teeth. These kinds of dentures provide artificial teeth that can easily be slid in and out of the mouth. Metal clasps hold a removable partial denture in place. These dentures do have some drawbacks, though. Although a partial denture is much better than having no tooth, when you speak or smile the metal clasps holding it in may show. Another potential inconvenience is that sometimes the partial denture can shift in your mouth when speaking or eating.
Fixed Bridges. When teeth surrounding the space of a single tooth, or a couple missing teeth, a fixed bridge can be applied. The bridge anchors on the teeth on either side, providing artificial teeth in between which can chew and function like normal. Even though this solution is permanent, sometimes bridges on the lower jaw do not last as long, due to the flexing of the jaw. Dental bridges are not so good at holding form when the jaw slightly changes shape. Breaks in the bridge need to be tended to quickly, as they can let bacteria and decay seep in.
Dental implants. For replacing missing teeth, dental implants usually are the best long-term solution. Unlike dentures, implants don’t need to be removed or maintained – and they feel, look and work just like real teeth. Consisting of titanium posts securely set into the jawbone, the titanium bonded with the bone provides a solid base for new teeth. This solution usually lasts a lifetime and it looks completely natural. As previously mentioned, if you’re missing teeth, you could be losing bone mass from your jawbone. Of all the remedies discussed, dental implants do the best job of preventing the jawbone’s bone loss. Another great thing about dental implants is that they can serve as anchors for other procedures that involve replacing missing teeth.
Contact us today to learn more about how our services can help you replace missing teeth!