Replacing missing teeth is as important for your health and wellbeing as it is for the aesthetics of a beautiful smile. Fortunately, there are a number of tooth replacement options available, thanks to advances in modern dentistry including dentures that are better-fitting and more comfortable. Let’s take a look at what you could do to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants have a very high success rate when they are well planned and implanted by a skilled professional. They are permanent and natural-looking.
Tooth implants take a long time to complete so if you need to replace missing teeth in a hurry, they may not be suitable for you. In addition, not every patient is a candidate for dentures. Dental implants are the most expensive of tooth replacement options too.
Fixed Dental bridge
Having a fixed dental bridge enables you to bite and chew with the same force as with your natural teeth. It creates a natural-looking smile.
A fixed dental bridge is a more expensive way to replace missing teeth than dentures. The preparation involved also causes some damage to the teeth adjacent to the tooth you are replacing, and can weaken otherwise healthy teeth.
If you’re looking for an affordable and quick tooth replacement, a denture could be the answer. A denture can be custom-made for you in a very short period of time and is one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options available today. Adjustments are easy to make and, if your dentist is using digital technology, the designs are very precise and your dental impressions will be saved for future use
Dentures are versatile too: if you are only missing one or two teeth, a removable partial denture is a convenient option. In the event that you are missing an entire arch, a complete removable denture may be recommended. Having an immediate denture is also possible, immediately after tooth extraction, whereas other tooth replacements typically require your gums to heal before they can be effected.
In the past, dentures were considered to be uncomfortable because of their tendency to move around when you speak and eat, however, modern dentures are more comfortable and stable than ever.
And, if you still aren’t convinced, it is now possible to make them more secure by supporting your denture with dental implants.
An implant-supported denture is ideal for patients who have gum disease or bone loss and thus cannot support a removable denture.
How Do You Know Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Best For You?
The best way to replace missing teeth is to discuss your options with your dentist. You’ll want to consider factors like
- The cost of the tooth replacement
- How quickly it can be done
- Your lifestyle needs
There is no reason to ignore lost or missing teeth; you have plenty of affordable and practical options to choose from. To find out more about which tooth replacement options could work for you, please contact us for a consultation:
3 Teeth Replacement Options: What’s Right For You?