One or more missing teeth can make it impossible to chew food correctly, may affect the positioning and health of nearby teeth, and can destroy your self-confidence quite easily. This is especially true if you lose one of your front teeth necessary to give you an attractive smile. Professional dentists can help restore a good-looking and functional mouth with these top solutions for replacing missing teeth.
Dentists and patients alike overwhelmingly prefer implants for their ability to closely match existing teeth and offer a permanent solution that needs no real special care. Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, you can get individual dental implants to replace them.
The process involves attaching a post to your jawbone to anchor a false tooth to the top. In the end, they look nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. The main drawback involves a higher cost than other options. Nevertheless, dental implants remain one of the most popular ways to manage your mouth if you have lost one or more teeth. Dental implants are generally permanent and will last the rest of your life without any need for replacement or other invasive procedures.
Multiple types of dental bridges can give you the appearance of natural teeth. These include implant-supported, tooth-supported, and a resin-bonded bridge. As the first two indicate, these are false teeth supported by either implanted teeth on either side or the natural teeth that still exist in your mouth. The third type only works for front teeth that do not do a lot of biting or chewing. The false tooth is attached via wings to teeth on either side rather than with complete caps like a tooth-supported bridge.
This removable option to replace one or more missing teeth functions just like a whole denture but leaves open spaces for your existing teeth. This affordable option gives you the appearance of an attractive smile but does require more maintenance than the other options listed above. You will need to remove the dentures and clean them separately from your existing real teeth.
Some people find these uncomfortable or awkward, which makes implants and bridges a better choice. Also, partial dentures may make it difficult to eat certain foods. The focus is mostly on aesthetics and not function.
This temporary option for one or more missing teeth is usually used before one of the above solutions is completed. These molded retainer-style inserts are highly affordable, easy to use, and offers a relatively realistic way to fill gaps in your smile. They do not, however, help with overall mouth structure, protecting other teeth, and they must be removed when you eat.
Speak with your Sahara Dentist about the best options for you when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. Whether you opt for implants, a type of bridge, partial dentures or a temporary flipper, you can create a better looking and functioning mouth. The dental technology available today offers more options than ever before for maintaining a healthy and attractive smile.