Teeth can fall out at any time. Teeth may fall out due to an accident, trauma or simply poor oral hygiene. When you lose a tooth, your overall mouth functioning is made that much more difficult. Simple tasks such as chewing and speaking wouldn’t be as smooth compared to when you have your full set of teeth.
Underestimating just how important a strong oral routine can introduce consequences to your oral health, and tooth loss isn’t the only consequence. Bone resorption and gum disease will also follow.
If you’re in the position of losing a tooth, or your tooth has decayed beyond repair, luckily, modern dentistry has many available treatments for missing teeth.
Each of the available treatments for missing teeth outlined below is dependent on the state of your oral health, and the dentist will determine the best available treatments to resurrect your smile and restore gum and bone health.
So, what are they?
A dental implant is a standalone artificial replacement for a decayed, extracted or missing tooth. Implants are infused into the jawbone with a titanium screw with an abutment that allows for the crown (the replacement tooth) to be placed on top. Implants have a high success rate and, although expensive, are designed to last for a very long time. With zero chance of cavities, implants help to restore natural mouth functioning and fits right in with your natural smile. If you have multiple missing teeth, you may also consider traditional implants or all-on-four implants. Further benefits of implant treatment can be found here.
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed dental bridge is designed to “bridge” the gap between one or multiple missing teeth. Bridges are fixed within more than one appointment and aim to mimic the function and shape of your natural teeth. It is considered cheaper than a dental implant.
All-On-Four Implant Dentures
Where you’re missing multiple teeth, consider a full-arch denture that’s fitted with four implants. Two implants are inserted at the front arch at the gaps of your missing teeth, and are placed at a 45° angle and clipped onto the implants. The implants are inserted towards the jaw where your bone tends to grow.
Removable Partial Dentures
Instead of permanently-fixed implant dentures, you may also consider removable partial dentures, also known as removable false teeth, consisting of replacement teeth attached to gum-coloured plastic with a mental framework clasped to your teeth as connectors. It is something that you should wear throughout the day, but remove at night.
The available treatments for missing teeth aren’t treatments that can be chosen on the fly. It is important that you attend a check-up appointment at the dentist so the dentist can recommend which are the best treatments for missing teeth for your oral health. The dentist will look for signs of bone resorption, receding gums and generally whether your oral health is strong enough to have one of these treatments performed. Finances may also be a factor, as dental implants are the most expensive. Outweigh the costs and benefits of each to help you make an informed decision with your dentist.
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