Losing a tooth can be devastating. Not only does it affect your self-esteem, but it also affects your oral health and the ability to chew properly. Fortunately, there are numerous solutions available to replace missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile. This blog will discuss 4 solutions for replacing missing teeth so you can make an informed decision about the best option for you.
Dental implants are without a doubt the most popular solution for replacing missing teeth because they offer a permanent replacement that looks and functions like natural teeth. Implants consist of three parts: the titanium post (which is implanted in the jawbone), a custom-made crown that fits into the post, and an abutment which connects the two together. The entire process usually takes 3-6 months from start to finish and requires several visits to your dentist’s office in order to ensure proper placement of the implant and crown.
If you have lost multiple consecutive teeth or have multiple gaps in your mouth, a dental bridge may be a good solution. Bridges involve anchoring artificial teeth between two healthy adjacent teeth using metal clasps or resin bonding material. This is an affordable option since no surgery is needed, but it does not last as long as dental implants since it relies on existing adjacent teeth for support.
If all of your upper or lower front teeth are missing, dentures may be an option worth considering. Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances that fit over your gums and help restore function while providing cosmetic benefits by filling in any gaps left by missing teeth. They don’t require any surgery or special procedures — just regular visits to keep them clean and fitting properly — but they can slip out of place more easily than other options such as dental implants or bridges since they aren’t permanently affixed to your mouth like those two options are.
Partial dentures are similar to full dentures with one major difference: they replace only some of your missing teeth instead of all of them at once. Like full dentures, partial dentures utilize metal clasps or resin bonding material to attach artificial replacement teeth where necessary; however, partial dentures require less maintenance than full dentures because they do not cover as much surface area in the mouth.
Losing one or more of your natural teeth can be difficult both emotionally and physically, but luckily there are numerous solutions available that can restore both form and function back into your smile quickly and easily! From implants to bridges to partial or full dentures – each solution has its own advantages depending on what works best for you – so don’t hesitate to speak with your dentist about what options might work best for you! With today’s technology restoring a beautiful smile has never been easier!
About the author:
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.