Teeth missing from the smile is both considered to be unattractive and damaging to your dental health. There are several methods to replacing missing teeth: bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Here is what you need to know about each option to determine the right procedure to replace your missing tooth.
Your Replacement Options
Bridges are porcelain restorations crafted to replace a short row of missing teeth and complete the structure of the smile. This method uses adjacent teeth as anchors for the prosthetic and so requires milling down healthy teeth for placing stabilizing crowns.
Dentures are the traditional way to replace a large portion of the smile using a wire and acrylic system that imitates the gums and missing teeth. This option can be either a partial or full denture, depending on the individual’s needs. Partial dentures use existing teeth to secure the restoration in place. Full dentures rest over gums and completely replace an entire arch, allowing edentulous patients an opportunity to restore key dental functions.
Dental implants are one of the latest advancements in dentistry. This procedure works with traditional restorations such as bridges, dentures, and crowns to replace any number of missing teeth, from the crown down to the roots. Dental implant posts are the artificial teeth roots for each type of restoration, with multiple posts able to support a single prosthetic. Placing the posts into the jaw prevents many complications associated with missing teeth, such as a weakened jaw bone and teeth shifting out of place. Furthermore, when dental implants support dentures and bridges, stabilizing the prosthetic teeth in place no longer requires healthy teeth to be used as anchors.
Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
While a single missing tooth may not seem like a major oral health issue, it can lead to several dental concerns in the long run. When a tooth is lost, the jaw goes through a process of resorption, which shrinks the jaw bone and weakens the support for surrounding teeth. Additionally, teeth shift out of alignment and may create tight spaces where bacteria can develop freely. A complete, uniform set of teeth not only improves dental health but enhances a smile’s esthetic qualities as well.
Find out more about replacing missing teeth by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kathy Soliemani at Dental Esthetics and Wellness in Aliso Viejo. Don’t wait! Discover the best option to restore your smile!