Tooth replacement can be a difficult time because one has a few different options to consider. However, the options that do exist can offer a person restoration so that they’re on their way back to eating naturally and smiling confidently.
In this article, we will discuss tooth replacement options for someone who has a missing tooth or multiple teeth. It can be helpful to know what options are available, especially for anyone who is seeking out replacement options. Read more below!
Replacement options for missing teeth
As dentistry has progressed significantly over time, there are now a few different options that one can choose from when hoping to replace a missing tooth.
Dental implants are surgical components that are placed within a person’s jawbone. They are shaped like screws and are made of biocompatible titanium, so the body doesn’t reject them. A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth structure that will replace the root and the support system of the tooth.
Once a dentist places the implant within a person’s jawbone, time will be taken for the implant to naturally bond with the jaw. After bonding is complete, the dentist will go back and place the artificial tooth which may be a partial denture or a dental crown. The artificial tooth will attach to the implant, allowing for a replacement tooth and structure.
Partial or full dentures
If a person has multiple missing teeth or no teeth at all, then a dentist is likely to recommend partial or full dentures which act like a complete method of replacement for a person.
Partial dentures are for people that still have a few teeth remaining, as the dentures will attach to those teeth. However, if someone has no teeth remaining then full dentures are most likely to be used as these are a complete set of artificial teeth.
Dental bridges are an appliance used when a person has one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge will cover the empty space where the missing tooth once sat and then an artificial tooth (dental crown or implant) will be attached to the bridge to secure it in place.
Dental bridges are often recommended for people that have teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing space. This allows for securing of the dental bridge in a more natural way.
Missing teeth can present a whole host of problems including difficulty with eating and brushing regularly. However, there is hope! Tooth replacement options do exist and they can help a person get back to normal.
Ultimately, a person should talk with a dental professional about replacement options as they can go into detail about each and determine whether or not they will work for you. If you have questions that weren’t answered in this article then reach out to our office so that we can help you. Give us a call or stop by today!
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