If you are missing teeth, this issue should be addressed as soon as possible. As there are options for restorative dentistry, you may be wondering which teeth replacement option is most appropriate for you.
An implant is an individual, synthetic tooth. The implant itself is a replacement for the tooth’s root. After it has been implanted and the metal properly fuses with the bone, your doctor will securely attach a permanent tooth.
While implants can be used regardless of how many teeth are missing, they are generally the preferred option when replacing only a few teeth. Replacing all or most of your teeth with implants can be time-consuming, expensive, and often inefficient compared to other options.
If you have a gap in your mouth because multiple teeth are missing, a bridge is another option. A bridge requires support from either your healthy, natural teeth or from new implants.
A dental bridge is not removable; it is permanently, securely attached. It takes no more effort to clean a bridge than to clean your natural teeth. Excellent at-home oral care will keep it in good condition.
Dentures are not all alike. While there are different types, conventional dentures or implant-supported complete dentures can be appropriate if you have lost all or most of your teeth. If any natural teeth remain, they must be extracted before you obtain dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are similar to dental implants, as they are not removable. Conventional dentures must be removed for cleaning.
Partial dentures can be used if you still have natural, healthy teeth. Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is removable. Similar to conventional dentures, you can take it out to clean it.
You Will Benefit from Teeth Replacement
You should not hesitate to seek assistance from your dentist, no matter how many teeth are missing. There are benefits, regardless of the option you choose.
When you are not missing teeth, it will be easier to eat and enjoy a healthy diet. You can have better oral health, as oral care is easier when you do not have missing teeth. You can speak clearly again, and you will have a much nicer appearance. Instead of feeling embarrassed or ashamed about teeth you have lost, you will be proud of your new smile.
Dental implants, bridges, and modern dentures all look natural. No one can tell the difference between teeth replacements and your own teeth.
Your oral health, your general health, and your self-esteem can all be harmed by missing teeth. A simple, wise solution is to make an appointment to discuss teeth replacement. You will definitely appreciate all the benefits.
Choosing the Best Option
The number of missing teeth and condition of any remaining teeth are factors to consider when choosing a replacement option. You may also have personal preferences, and cost may be a factor. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rigby. He will be able to help you determine which teeth replacement option is right for you and best suits your needs.
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