Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
Apart from the fact that missing teeth look odd and change the shape of your face, giving it a more sunken appearance, missing teeth also make it a lot more difficult to eat properly. Replacing missing teeth is therefore essential for your overall health, but what are you options?
Most people associate dentures with the traditional plate, but you can also get partial dentures that clip onto your remaining teeth. These are much more comfortable to wear than a plate. If you do opt for dentures, book a follow-up appointment that will allow your experienced Vancouver dentist to ensure that the dentures aren’t chafing or irritating your mouth in any way. A good fit is really important, and most people who get dentures and then stop wearing them, didn’t have properly fitting dentures. Dentures can actually be quite comfortable when the fit is right.
Bridgework is more expensive than dentures, but have the advantage of being extremely comfortable. It’s just like having your natural teeth back! The “false” teeth are permanently fitted inside your mouth using your remaining teeth as anchors. It will take more than one visit to your dentist to get your bridges made and fitted, but it’s well worth the effort, as they will last for years. The teeth that will hold the bridge in place are specially prepared, usually by placing a crown on them. The “pontics” or replacement teeth are made to match your real ones, so no-one will ever notice your bridgework.
Dental Implants are a very popular choice, but they are more costly than other tooth replacement methods, and you might need several dentist appointments to get the job done. As the name suggests, implants are implanted in your jawbone. They’re much sturdier than bridgework, because the bone grows around the implant, making it almost indestructible.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the implant is properly healed before the actual replacement tooth can be attached to it. Depending on your individual circumstances, this can take several months, but there are temporary measures that can make you more comfortable until the implant post is ready to receive the new tooth.
Although implants aren’t always a viable option, they are generally considered to be the best possible solution for replacing missing teeth.
• They look more natural than dentures, and even bridges.
• It’s not necessary to work on adjacent teeth in order to fit an implant.
• In easy cases, they can be fitted in a single visit, and usually, they only require two dental appointments.
• Lost teeth can cause the jawbone to shrink, but implants prevent this.
Why don’t people always choose implants?
• They are costlier than dentures or bridgework.
• They require surgery.
• You may have to visit the dentist several times.
What should you do if you want to replace missing teeth?
Visit your cosmetic dentist and allow him or her to guide you through the available options. Once you have all the information you need, you can make the decision that suits your circumstances and budget best.