When you lose a tooth, whether, through an injury or accident, tooth decay, gum disease or a genetic condition, it is beneficial that you replace that missing tooth as soon as possible. Today’s technology provides several treatment options for anyone that is looking to replace a tooth. Our Cinnaminson dentist, Maestro Smiles would like to review some of the options available when it comes to replacing teeth.
Missing Teeth Replacements
Losing a tooth can lead to nearby teeth shifting into the vacant space. This separation between the teeth can lead to tooth decay as food can easily get stuck in between these new spaces. This ultimately leads to periodontal disease. These areas can be very hard to clean with a traditional toothbrush and floss. These spaces can compromise the overall strength of your teeth as chewing motions put a lot of force on each tooth. The longer a person waits to receive treatment when this occurs, the more complex and expensive the treatment can be.
A Dental Implant is a surgical procedure by which a replacement tooth is placed within the jawbone. Implants can be a good option for somebody looking to replace a single tooth or several teeth. It is also a good option for patients missing teeth in different parts of the mouth. The specific dental implant procedure requires surgery to mount a titanium metal post within the lower or upper jaw. After mounting the titanium post, a replacement tooth is mounted. This provides a very natural look and the implant can last a very long time. Because dental implants require surgery this treatment cost can be quite high in some instances. The team at Maestro Smiles can provide more information on this process, treatment plan, and costs.
A fixed dental bridge can be an effective treatment option if you are missing one or more teeth in the same part of the mouth. A dental prosthetic is used to fill in the gap by bonding the bridge to an adjacent tooth. Fixed bridges provide a natural look while improving the appearance of your natural teeth, especially the teeth next to the bridge. Dental bridges do not require removal for cleaning and can be a more cost-effective treatment option than a dental implant, however, they usually involve multiple trips to the dentist, as the process of placing the implant, customizing the bridge and placing the bridge in the location of the missing teeth can take time.
Removable dentures can be used to replace all teeth or to replace some of your missing teeth. This dental appliance is built by attaching replacement teeth to a pink base. The base is mounted with clasps to the adjacent teeth. Partial dental appliances feel and look natural in the mouth and function as normal. They are also more affordable and less expensive to repair or replace if lost, however, they are far less durable than a dental tooth implant or bridge.
Your teeth are designed to work together, so missing one or more teeth can impact how you speak, how you chew food as well as cause oral hygiene issues. Missing teeth can also affect jaw alignment and can create imbalanced facial muscles, cause teeth grinding and tooth sensitivity.
If you are looking for a way to replace missing teeth, we recommend that you consult with your dentist as soon as possible. Remember the longer you wait, the more complicated the treatment can become. For more information on our services, or to request a consult, please visit our website at https://www.maestrosmiles.com/
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