Facing Tooth Loss? Your Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Tooth loss can be upsetting at any age, particularly if the tooth or teeth in question are right at the front of the mouth. It’s important to replace any missing teeth as soon as possible, and you’ll probably want to do this anyway but what are your options? Luckily nowadays the choices for tooth replacement have become increasingly sophisticated, and modern materials can often replace teeth so no one will be any the wiser about your tooth loss.

Dentures – a Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Dentures have been around for a very long time, and many people still use them as they are cheap and effective and the process to make them is a very noninvasive. Dentures consist of a gum colored acrylic base which is used to support replacement teeth that are generally made from plastic. There are lots of different types of materials that can be used, depending on how much you want to spend on your dentures. The highest grade of denture teeth will look pretty natural, and the gum colored base can be closely matched to your natural gums. In spite of this, dentures can create a lot of problems for their users and are a less than perfect solution. They restrict the type of foods that can be enjoyed and can often move around, creating issues with eating and speaking and sore spots on the gums where they rub.

Dental Bridges to Literally Bridge the Gap

Dental bridges consist of crowns that are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the gap and which are attached to the replacement teeth. This can be a great solution in case of tooth loss, particularly if the teeth adjacent to the gap would already benefit from being crowned, perhaps if they have large fillings or are broken down or decayed. Otherwise it’s not such a good choice for tooth replacement as it could mean your dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center has to grind down perfectly healthy teeth to support your bridge. Luckily there is another solution and which doesn’t impact your existing teeth at all.

Dental Implants – a Long Lasting Solution to Tooth Loss

You may well know people who have already had dental implants as this method of tooth replacement in case of tooth loss is becoming far more common. It’s definitely worth considering as this method only has positive benefits on your existing natural teeth and is the only solution that will preserve your jawbone. The implant post is inserted into the jawbone during a small surgical procedure, and once in position it replicates your natural tooth root, bonding strongly to your jawbone so it can be used to support a replacement tooth. Treatment is highly versatile as relatively few dental implants are required to support an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can also be extremely long lasting, and when properly cared for should give you decades of trouble-free use.

Consult with Your Dentist

Not everyone is suitable for dental implants, but the best way to find out more is to book a consultation at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Your dentist will need to carry out various diagnostic tests to assess your suitability. The good news is that most people will be able to have dental implants in case of tooth loss and it doesn’t matter if you are slightly older as it is far more important that you are healthy.

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