Plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum disease, a high sugar diet, accidental damage and stress can all contribute to tooth loss amongst adults.
Losing teeth is not uncommon, and replacing them isn’t always just about your appearance.
Replacing a tooth that has fallen or been knocked out will protect you from further damage and improve the oral function of your smile.
Thankfully, here at The Gentle Dental, we have many ways to treat missing teeth today.
If you are missing teeth and looking for replacement options, it is important you know the ins and outs of each treatment in order to understand which is best for your specific needs.
Weighing up the differences
This option consists of a false tooth suspended by two crowns on either side.
The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will usually need to be shaved down using a high-speed drill to mount a crown on top of the tooth stubs.
The crowns are fitted on these smaller teeth, filling the empty gap where the missing tooth once was.
However, this can weaken the tooth and reduce its potential lifespan since healthy enamel must be filed away.
Why dental implants?
This option consists of a false tooth attached to a titanium post and inserted into the jaw bone.
The tooth’s colour is matched to the surrounding teeth to give the appearance of a natural smile, and the implant is usually a lot less noticeable than the dental bridge.
Implants may also help prevent deterioration of the jaw bone because the implant has a false root that stimulates the bone and prevents it from shrinking.
Since the bridge does not contact the jaw bone and there is no root, you may endure future bone loss.
In some cases where patients have endured a significant loss of several teeth in a row, dentists may recommend a mixed approach; incorporating benefits of both brides and implants.
So, do I go for a bridge or an implant?
Without knowing your specific case, it is hard to advise which method will be most beneficial.
Although both treatments can be used to target the issue of multiple missing teeth, dental implants are generally the most popular option because of their:
- Oral health benefits
- Inconspicuous appearance
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