Esthetic issues aside, missing teeth don’t really present that much of a problem. After all, shouldn’t there be fewer dental problems to worry about now that one has fewer teeth? Well, as much as most people think that’s how it works, it’s not.
While it is true that esthetics is the most common reason cited by dental experts as to why missing teeth should be taken care of, it’s not the ONLY reason.
In fact, missing teeth has been known to lead to many negative effects of one’s oral health, such as bone loss, shifting and drifting of teeth, bite changes, difficulty chewing and talking, premature damage to the remaining teeth and sudden, slight changes to the jaw joint.
Regardless of how you lost your teeth, having them replaced is important, both for health and esthetic issues. Take a look at some of the tooth replacement options usually prescribed by dental care professionals:
Dental implants are surgically implanted and, as a result, are considered a very sturdy, long-term solution for those with missing teeth. The process typically involves three stages that usually takes place over the course of several months.
The waiting time is the main downside when it comes to implants. However, many people still prefer it over the other treatment options because implants are made to last for decades, as well as the ones who look and feel the most similar to natural teeth.
Bridges are commonly used to span the space left by the missing teeth and are cemented to the surrounding natural teeth or implants, of which serve as anchors for the dental bridge.
Dental bridges come in many different types and are often made of different materials. The type and material chosen mainly depends the location of the missing tooth or teeth, cost, function, as well as esthetic considerations.
It’s worth noting that while bridges do not function similarly to your natural teeth, they can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth if the material of choice is porcelain or ceramic.
For those with A LOT of missing teeth, the most recommended course of treatment is to have dentures fitted.
Dentures are removable appliances that contain a certain number of artificial teeth. They come in two types, with full dentures being made to mimic both the function, as well as look of a full set of teeth, and overdentures that are simply fitted over the few remaining ones.
The process of getting dentures typically involves removing a certain amount of teeth and letting them heal for a few months. During these few months, you won’t be without teeth. But it is now possible to have dentures fitted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed, albeit with a few cons.
Of the three possible treatment options for missing teeth, dentures are considered to be the ones that take the most time to get used to.
Missing Teeth No More
With these three possible treatment options, you no longer have to live with having an incomplete and complication-prone smile. Improve your confidence, self-esteem and your oral, as well as overall health by having your missing teeth replaced today!
For more information regarding restorative dentistry, contact Dr. Crandall of South Hills Dental Arts in Upper St. Clair, PA at 412-833-6166 or visit www.southhillsdentalarts.com to learn more.
Dr. Crandall of South Hills Dental Arts proudly accepts patients from Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, Mt, Lebanon, Peters Township, Pittsburgh, South Hills, and all surrounding areas.