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What Are The Best Options To Replace Missing Teeth?

Tooth replacement options to choose fromIf your one or more teeth are missing, you must be aware of its importance for your dental health and looks. Loss of permanent teeth occurs due to several reasons ranging from accident to dental problems. Although it is nothing to be ashamed about, it sure can affect you in many ways. For one, it affects the aesthetics of your smile (especially if the missing tooth is a front tooth) and speech; this may affect your self esteem. Secondly, you won’t be able to chew food properly if your molars (back tooth) are missing. Most importantly, if you miss a tooth, it can affect all other teeth in your mouth; excruciating pain you’ll feel.

Whatever be the reasons for tooth loss, you can rest assured, they can be replaced. There are various replacement options such as; removable, which can be complete or partial and fixed which is either through implants or bridge. All these options differ in durability and replacement procedure. If you have been asking yourself, What are the best options to replace missing teeth, here is the answer. Carefully consider all of them before choosing the one that best suits your specific needs.

Removable partial denture

Dentures involve replacement of one or a few missing teeth with artificial teeth, which are fixed to a plastic base (gum-colored). The base connects to a metal structure. Artificial teeth depend on neighboring teeth in the same jaw as the metal is anchored to your natural teeth. They also require mechanical support from the original bones and gum edge that remains.

This is one of the best options because it is quite affordable. Plus, you can remove and clean them after the meals. However, they are not as firm or visually appealing as a bridge. You may even feel some discomfort from time to time.

Removable complete denture

These are temporary, mostly used as an alternative after teeth removal while allowing the gums eight to twelve weeks to heal. They can be used as replacement of the entire teeth either in the upper or lower jaw. They do not last long because the bones and gums usually shrink during the healing process and soon, they won’t fit. You may use them for the time being till your gums heal completely.

Fixed bridge

This is more permanent, the bridge is securely cemented. Explore this option if your dentist certifies that your surrounding teeth are many and strong enough to support the artificial one. The adjoining teeth have to be sized down in order for the bridge to be made. Reducing them involves the removal of all the enamel to create space for the artificial tooth which is usually placed in-between the surrounding teeth.

Fixed bridge restores the beauty of your smile and can last for 10 to 12 years before replacement is needed. The downside of this procedure is the irrevocable condition in which it leaves the surrounding teeth. They are exposed to the danger of nerve strain which will constantly require treatment of the root canal. In addition, replacing fixed bridge after the 12 years elapses will attract extra treatment as the supporting teeth would have been seriously strained.

Dental implant

Dental implant option is widely acclaimed as the best available option for teeth replacement. It has fast become the choice of most people since improvements in treatment and technology were made. It is popularly used because of its durability, effectiveness, firmness and strength. Oh, just so you know, this option is the most expensive.

The procedure involves implanting titanium made artificial root on the affected jaw bone and allowing it to heal for about 2 to 6 months before planting the artificial tooth to the jaw bone underneath the gum tissue. Bridges or denture will be required in procedures involving more than one tooth.

With all these options to choose from you have no excuse to continue suffering from the trauma caused by missing teeth. Contact us today.

Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Washington State University. During this time, Dr. Everett served as both the President of the American Student Dental Association chapter as well as the Student Council Vice President. As a board-member of DentPAC for the Washington State Dental Association, Dr. Everett fought to maintain the quality of dental care provided in Washington State by working with state legislators and advocating for patient-centered dentistry in Olympia.
Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett

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