Have you lost a tooth or two? How did it make you feel? Did you know that there are options available to replace the tooth you lost?
Cavities, gum disease, injury or age can be some of the reasons why one would be missing a tooth or two. This could be embarrassing and may cause you difficulty speaking and chewing and in the long run may affect both your confidence and general wellbeing. Why suffer when you can do something about it and below are the options.
Dental implant is the top choice for tooth replacement as the crown, used to replace the missing tooth, is very similar to your natural chomper. It functions naturally too, posing no trouble to its neighboring teeth. It may also be used in combination with other tooth replacements.
The procedure behind a dental implant involves a periodontist surgically implanting a metal post serving as artificial tooth root into the jaw where the bone supporting the teeth structure is. The metal post is then used to hold the replacement crown securely in place. Because dental implants function better while giving the appearance of natural teeth, they are the preferred tooth replacement option. However, not everybody can opt for it as there are several criteria before you can have an implant.
1. You have to be in excellent condition, health-wise.
2. Your jawbone is also in good condition and is able to support the artificial tooth roots.
3. Your gums are in perfect health.
While a dental implant seems like the best choice, in cases it cannot be an option, there are two more options available for you.
Dental bridge or fixed partial denture works to bride a gap between teeth where a tooth or more is lost. A dental bridge can be removable or implanted. Removable bridges are easier to clean while an implanted bridge is more secure, it being attached to a dental implant.
The materials used by a dentist for dental bridges include porcelain, gold or alloy. After a dentist bonds the bridge onto the teeth at either ends of a gap, you can bite, chew and speak with ease. It can bring back lost confidence too because a bridge can help preserve your facial structure.
When a dental implant is not possible and you have lost almost all of your teeth, dentures (false teeth) are your next best option. You can choose to have complete dentures in case of complete lost of natural teeth or overdentures for partial lost of natural teeth.
Complete dentures mean to cover both gums, upper and lower. Most complete dentures are custom-made so that they fit perfectly. Because it may take time before they are made or if your gums need time to heal in case of an extraction of remaining tooth/teeth, your dentist may provide a temporary set. In the event that you have partial dental implants or you still have good, natural teeth able to support removable dentures, then overdentures may be used.
It may take you a short while to get used to using dentures but trust that in time, you can speak, chew and bite like you used to.
What is the best option for you?
With each tooth replacement option explained, you may find it easier to make a choice. However, it is best to consult your dentist about what will work best for you.
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