If you lack a full set of teeth, you may be looking into a variety of options to restore your teeth. You could be struggling with pain or discomfort; you may have difficulty eating certain kinds of food, or be unable to chew your food properly, or you may even feel self-conscious about your appearance. There are a variety of options available to you, and it is best to discuss all your options with your dentist and oral surgeon. They will make a recommendation based on a variety of personal factors and help you make a decision.
Dental implants are the most effective choice for replacing missing teeth. The procedure was developed to offer an effective and sturdy tooth replacement that lasts a lifetime. Once the dental implant is inserted into the jaw bone, the abutment is placed. The abutment is a small metal post that secures the prosthetic crown to the dental implant. The final piece is the crown, which is specially made to match your teeth and give you a natural look. Most doctors and patients choose the dental implant option because it does not harm the neighboring teeth, looks the most natural, and is the most secure solution for tooth loss.
Dental implants also offer the most benefits to patients’ oral function and overall health. The implant screw fuses with the jaw bone, and as a result, the restoration continues to provide the stimulation that the jaw needs to remain healthy. Additionally, dental implants can be treated just like natural teeth, which means you can resume a normal diet and maintain a regular dental hygiene routine – no extra care is needed to maintain your new teeth. When they are properly taken care of, they have the potential to last a lifetime, so you won’t have to worry about tooth replacement in the future. We encourage you to contact our office to learn more about dental implants. For patients who don’t have sufficient bone, we can discuss the option of bone grafting to supplement the jaw and create a better foundation for implant placement.
A bridge is a partial denture that is fixed to the teeth and acts as a replacement for missing teeth. This is a very practical option for individuals who are not considered to be viable candidates for dental implants. Bridges are not surgically secured in your mouth but are bonded onto your teeth to fill the gap between your missing teeth. Bridges can be fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s need. Bridges are made from a variety of metals, alloys, or porcelain, so check with your oral surgeon to make sure this option is right for you.
Bridges are a good option for some, but it is recommended that most patients commit to dental implants. With dental implants being the most natural, durable, and permanent option, it is easy to see they are your best choice for long-lasting results.
Dentures are a practical option for people who are missing most or all of their teeth. There may be a few teeth that remain that need to be extracted for the denture to adhere to your mouth. If this is the case for you, you should receive a temporary denture to wear while your gums heal from the extraction procedure. Sometimes over-dentures are worn over the remaining teeth or implants. Honestly, no two people are the same, so every set of dentures is different. Your oral surgeon and dentist will work together to design a custom and comfortable denture that fits over your alveolar bone.
With so many tooth replacement options, you are sure to choose one that allows you to regain natural-looking teeth that will give you your ability to chew correctly while restoring your facial structure and confidence. However, dental implants offer the best option for a solution to tooth loss that will last a lifetime.