Patients who have lost teeth at the front of their mouth can’t get to the dentist fast enough. They’re eager to have those teeth replaced to improve their appearance. After all, tooth loss leads to more than just impaired function of the mouth, it’s also closely linked to low self-esteem.
Interestingly, patients who have lost teeth that are located at the back of their mouth or along the side might be less likely to seek replacements because of the cost. They figure that because those teeth aren’t as visible, replacing the lost tooth isn’t that big of a deal.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Replacing any tooth that is lost is an important part of restoring function and making sure surrounding teeth don’t shift and further impair how your mouth functions.
There’s a wide variety of options available to replace lost teeth. Each one is designed to fit the diverse needs out there, along with the ride budget range.
Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. They require that a titanium rod be inserted into the place where a tooth was and then capped with a permanent crown. They’re a great option for people who don’t want to bother with removing a prosthetic device or want the convenience of caring for their mouth just like they always would.
This is because implants are treated just like natural teeth. You simply brush, floss, and visit your dentist just like you would.
Dental bridges were created to literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. These are created by attaching crowns to each tooth on either side of the missing tooth, and then include false teeth between to fill the spot that was missing teeth. Fale teeth are called pontics and while they can be made from metals, the most popular kind are made from a composite material that looks just like your natural teeth.
Partial dentures are a great option for those looking for an affordable solution to tooth loss. Partial dentures can be made quickly, whereas implants require extensive healing time. These dentures can be removed to be cleaned and stored.
While partials are affordable, some people find that they can impact their speech patterns and can also slip when talking. There are solutions like denture paste, which help to secure the dentures and reduce slippage.
Ultimately, the best solution for tooth loss will depend on what your needs are. Patients who are willing to wait for results for a permanent solution will love implants. Those seeking a quick solution might be better suited to partial dentures. And those who don’t want to bother with having to remove dentures, but also aren’t quite sold on implants might fare better with bridges. Whatever your needs there’s an option to meet them.
Don’t avoid replacing missing teeth because of money. You deserve to enjoy a fully functioning mouth. Contact our team at Dental American Group to learn more about options or schedule an appointment.