Missing teeth can be challenging and it can have negative effects on your ability to perform basic tasks like eating and speaking. It might even make you self-conscious about your smile. The good news is that you don’t have to just accept and live with missing teeth, there are many different options out there that can help replace your missing teeth.
We can help you decide the best approach for your missing tooth or multiple teeth since every missing tooth case will be different. Here are the best ways you can fix a missing tooth so that you can be more informed and make the best choice for yourself.
People might have tooth loss for many different reasons, which can include:
– Physical trauma due to an injury
– Tooth decay, as a result of cavities, left untreated
– Gum disease
Gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss among adults, especially later on in life. You will be at more risk for tooth loss if you don’t keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine or smoke often, among other reasons.
There are many different dental procedures out there that can help you deal with tooth loss and help you get your confidence back. These are some of the most popular:
Crowns go on top of teeth that are damaged to help protect them but they are also placed on top of dental implants. Crowns supported by dental implants are an excellent way to replace any missing teeth.
Dental implants will involve putting a permanent root structure directly into the jawbone. They will differ from dentures, which are instead removable. Many people find implants the more comfortable option over dentures, which might stop fitting properly with time goes on, and they need to be taken out for nightly cleaning. However, in order to be the right candidate for implants you need to have a healthy bone because the implants will need to be integrated with the jawbone. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or several teeth, and they can also help stabilize a top or bottom denture.
Partial dentures are made from a framework containing several artificial teeth and clasps to replace the teeth you have lost. The clasps are made to fit inside your mouth, and around the remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be less expensive than implants, however partial dentures will not function as well as natural teeth. They are also less effective than implants at preventing further bone loss, since your jawbone will naturally shrink away from areas where there are no teeth.
Complete dentures are for those who don’t have any remaining teeth in their mouth. They are also known as false teeth, and they are held in place using the suction on the top jaw and are supported by the remaining bone on the bottom jaw. Some patients will have a few teeth left prior to getting their dentures. In this case, your existing teeth are used as a guide for the dentures.