Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is extremely important. Missing teeth may cause changes in your facial shape, TMJ problems, chewing issues, pronunciation difficulties, and undesirable drifting of teeth. Many different options exist to replace lost teeth, depending first on how many teeth are missing:
Missing One Tooth:
Two main options exist
1. Dental Bridge: A dental bridge essentially bridges the gap of the missing tooth. A bridge extends from the tooth on one side of the gap to the tooth on the other side of the gap, with a fake tooth in-between, replacing the missing one.
2. Dental Implant: A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into your jawbone. On top of the implant screw, a crown can be placed that looks exactly like a natural tooth, replacing the missing one.
Missing Several Teeth:
Three main options exist:
1. Dental Bridges: Numerous dental bridges can be used to replace the many missing teeth. In some situations, a longer dental bridge can be used.
2. Dental Implants: Numerous implant screws can be placed where teeth are missing. Crowns that look and feel like natural teeth can be placed on top of these implant screws to restore your smile.
3. Partial Denture: A partial denture is the only option of these three that is removable, meaning you can take it in and out. A partial denture replaces the teeth you are missing and uses hooks on your existing teeth to hold it in place while you chew and speak.
Missing All of Your Teeth:
Three main options exist:
1. Dental Implants: Many implant screws would be placed. Crowns that look and feel like natural teeth are then placed on top of these implant screws to restore your smile.
2. Complete Denture: A denture replaces all of your missing teeth. A complete denture is removable, meaning you can take it in and out. In order to keep it in place while chewing and speaking, some patients need denture adhesive, depending on the shape of their jawbone.
3. Implant Denture: An implant denture combines the two above options. A denture is made for you. Then, implant screws are placed into your jawbone. A ball is then placed on top of the implant screws. A corresponding socket is placed on the inside of the denture. Then, the socket will clip into the ball on the implant screw, firmly holding the denture in place.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.