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Options for Replacing Teeth That Are Missing

Numerous individuals will eventually suffer from the loss of one or more teeth. Beyond saving, these teeth will have to be extracted by a dentist. Missing teeth can cause various problems. A person’s smile is greatly affected. Some suffer from lisping when trying to produce certain sounds in speech. There is a reduction in efficient chewing which leads to poor digestion. With a loss of support to the facial muscles, many people begin to appear much older than their actual age. Other problems include an increase in pressure on teeth that remain during chewing. This may make the remaining teeth more likely to fracture. Teeth around missing teeth can begin to tilt. Finally, when teeth are missing, there is a change in bite that results in issues with the jaw joint. TMJ often develops. One of the best ways to make sure that these problems never happen, dentists suggest that individuals always replace any missing teeth. In the following, several options for replacing those missing teeth are briefly discussed.

Are Dentures for You?

One of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth is dentures. Dentures are basic and non-invasive. Dentures are not fixed into the mouth; therefore, they will produce a small amount of movement in the mouth during eating. You will also have to remove the dentures and clean them regularly. Acrylic and metal are used in making the base of the denture. Metal dentures are sturdy and strong. Remaining teeth can support these dentures giving a better fit and more support. Teeth in dentures are crafted of acrylic or porcelain. During the process of making dentures, patients will have to visit the dentist several times. This helps to make sure that the patient gets the best fit that is possible. In the end, patients look great with a beautiful smile and can thoroughly chew their food.

About Bridges

Another great option for replacing teeth that are missing is a bridge. This involves cementing or bonding “false” teeth to prepared remaining teeth in the mouth. Bridges are crafted of porcelain and can have a sub structure of metal. There are various types of bridges that a dentist may choose to use. One of the most conventional types prepares teeth that are adjacent in a similar manner to crowns. Until final bridge is constructed, a temporary bridge is placed. A finished bridge is put into place by bonding or cementing permanently. Some of the adjacent tooth must be sacrificed in this process. Often, these teeth must be attended to in some way in the future. If only one tooth is missing, there is a certain bridge that can be used that will reduce the amount of preparation that any adjacent teeth will require. Only metal wings are used to secure the bridge into place. Instead of a complete tooth being prepared for bridge placement, this type of bridge only requires the back of the teeth to be prepared.

Investing in Implants for Dental Restoration

Made of medical grade titanium, a dental implant is actually an artificial root. It is shaped like a cone or cylinder. Resulting in a strong base, dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Abutments or attachments are placed in the implant. Crowns and bridges can then be used to produce a fixed restoration. Dentures can be attached to the implant as well which will cause them to be more secure while allowing them to remain removable. Implant dentistry is one of the strongest and lasting options. It does take much longer to get the final results that are desired. In some cases, it may take up to six months after an extraction to be fitted with a final restoration. Implants tend to feel more natural than any other option.