Aside from giving you an unattractive smile, do you know that missing teeth can also be the reason why you’re experiencing tooth decay and gum disease? It doesn’t matter what caused you to lose your teeth, the important thing is you have to have them replaced as soon as possible because missing teeth can lead to a plethora of dental problems. There are various tooth replacement treatments available today. Ask Philadelphia dentist Gerald Regni, DMD about your options.
If you recently lost several teeth and you want to have them replaced but don’t know what treatment to get, this post can help. The following are some of the most common tooth replacement options for missing teeth:
Dental implants are a great option for individuals who have lost either a single tooth or multiple teeth. It must be performed by a cosmetic dentist or a dental implant specialist or an oral surgeon since it’s considered a surgical procedure. Before you are allowed to undergo dental implant surgery your cosmetic dentist must first evaluate you for eligibility. If you pass the criteria you can proceed with the surgery. Dental implants are designed to look like screws. These screws will be mounted within your lower or upper jaw. Attached to each dental implant is an abutment from where the dental crown will be placed. The success rate of dental implants is high at about 95%. They are made from biocompatible material so your body will not reject it. One single dental implant will cost around $3000 to $6000 depending on the location.
There are numerous benefits to wearing dental implants. Firstly, they look like natural teeth. Secondly, they are extremely stable since they are embedded in your jawbone and thirdly, they are made of high quality materials that are built to last a lifetime. Perhaps the only downside to it is that the healing process lasts for months. Nonetheless, once the screws have fully integrated with your jawbone and your gums have completely healed, you can smile with confidence and you’ll be secure that your dental implants will not fall off.
Fixed Dental Bridge
Another in demand tooth replacement option today is a fixed dental bridge. Patients who do no qualify for dental implants often resort to a dental bridge to replace their missing teeth. This is ideal for people who have lost several teeth that are located in the same place. As the name implies, a fixed bridge is designed to bridge a tooth gap. A prosthetic will be attached to the teeth bordering the gap and it will be held in place via dental cement. The advantages of fixed dental bridge are they are designed to blend naturally with your real teeth and because they look life-like no one will be able to tell that they are fake. They are also much cheaper compared to dental implants.
Removable Partial Dentures
If you lost all of your teeth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend that you get complete dentures but if you are only to replace some of your missing teeth then you can opt to get removable partial denture. This type of tooth replacement appliance encompasses artificial teeth that are glued to a base that mimics the color of your natural gums. Your surrounding natural teeth will hold the plastic in place. There are also dentures that have clasps that are attached to your natural teeth for stability.
Replacing missing teeth will not only improve your smile and make you more attractive, it also protects your dental health by preventing your teeth from shifting out of place and stopping you from experiencing further tooth loss. If you have more questions in mind, don’t hesitate to ask your cosmetic dentist.