Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth? It’s a common problem, but that doesn’t make it any less irritating!
According to the CDC, there are an estimated 56.4 million adults in the U.S who have tooth loss. Of these adults, 22.2 million adults have experienced severe tooth loss that affects their daily lives.
If your smile has a gap and you’re having problems chewing certain foods, there’s only one thing you can do: replace the missing teeth.
Don’t worry; there are several options available to replace missing teeth like dental implant surgery and other options we’ll be sharing with you. It’s time for a smile makeover and oral hygiene improvement! Read on and explore these options available, giving you the confidence to smile again.
Dental Implant Surgery: The Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implant surgery is a more expensive and invasive option, but it is also a more effective and permanent solution. The surgery involves placing a metal post in the jawbone, which will eventually fuse with the bone. Attached is a false tooth (or teeth) once the post is in place.
Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and it replaces one tooth or several teeth.
Dental Bridges: A Tried and True Option for Replacement Teeth
A dental bridge is usually used when there are fewer than three missing teeth in a row. The bridge consists of two crowns placed over the two adjacent teeth, and one or more false teeth suspended in between. The replacement teeth named pontics are available in gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of all three.
Bridges can last for many years, but they may need to be replaced or refitted at some point.
Denture: A Popular, Albeit Temporary, Solution for Missing Teeth
Dentures are relatively easy to obtain and don’t require surgery. However, they are not as durable as implants and can cause discomfort and difficulty eating. However, dentures have the advantage of being less expensive and easier to obtain. Additionally, dentures can be removed and cleaned easily.
Dental Crowns: The Artificial Replacement
A dental crown is an artificial replacement for the natural crown of a tooth. The crown is placed over the existing tooth, covering it completely. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal, or ceramic. Dental crowns are strong and durable, and they look and feel just like natural teeth. With proper care, dental crowns can last a lifetime.
How to Choose the Right Option for Replacing Your Missing Teeth
The best option for you depends on several factors, including the number of teeth missing, your budget, and your preferences. Dentures and bridges are the most common options, but dental implant surgery is also available. Don’t wait to find a substitute! Replace the missing teeth as soon as possible or you can deal permanent damage to your mouth and teeth.
Talk to your local dentist about what option would be best for you. Ready for some help with your oral health? Check out the rest of our blog!