Advancements in dentistry allow your dentist to preserve your teeth for longer than ever; however, tooth loss remains a prevalent problem. It is estimated 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while another 35 million do not have any teeth remaining. You can regain a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile with the help of your dentist. Now, there are several options to replace your missing teeth.
Do I Need to Replace My Teeth?
Every tooth has a vital role in your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, both decline because you do not just lose the crown, but the root as well. As a result, your jawbone deteriorates because it is no longer stimulated. Your remaining teeth lose support, which can lead to further tooth loss. You will have a heightened risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and nutritional deficiencies if you leave your missing teeth untreated.
To stop new complications from developing, it is best to replace your missing teeth right away.
How Can I Replace My Missing Teeth?
Now, there are several options to treat tooth loss. After an initial consultation, your dentist determines which treatment best meets your needs.
Bridge and Crown
A bridge can replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. Prosthetics are crafted to match the appearance of your natural teeth to create a flawless smile. It is then held in place by reshaping your adjacent teeth to bond dental crowns to them. This treatment can last for an average of 5 years before needing to be replaced.
If you still have a few teeth remaining, a partial denture can fill the empty spaces. The prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum-colored base, which has a metal framework. This allows it to clip or clasp onto your remaining teeth to hold it in place. This is an affordable and convenient solution to complete your smile.
Complete tooth loss is treated with a denture, which is created from an impression of your mouth. This allows it to fit comfortably while it is held in place using suction or an adhesive. Although they have a bad reputation for looking fake, several improvements have been made to their appearance and comfort.
Dental implants replace both the root and crown of your tooth. An implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. An abutment is attached to it to connect your restoration. This method can be used to replace one, several, or all your missing teeth. With over a 95% success rate, dental implants are also the only treatment to preserve your jawbone’s density.
Complete Your Smile Today!
You can conquer the challenges of missing teeth by choosing a tooth replacement option that is right for you. Regain a healthy, beautiful smile today!
About Deer Park Family Dentistry
Deer Park Family Dentistry is committed to improving our patients’ oral health through advanced dental care. We offer the latest solutions to replace missing teeth. If you are ready to start your journey to a complete smile, contact our office today for a consultation.