Sometimes, your dental formula may get disrupted, causing you to look for a tooth replacement solution. There are several options that can help you get that bright smile back. This restores confidence so that you can smile freely, so let’s look at a few tooth replacement options that are available if you need them.
This is a fixed prosthetic that is permanently fitted and connected to the adjacent existing teeth. It can be done for one or more teeth as necessary, and your dentist will advise you accordingly.
There are three types of dental fixed bridges: Maryland, traditional, and cantilever. The Maryland bridge has the highest rate of failure between the three because it uses resin cement, and different resins have different strengths.
To get a bridge fitted, you need at least two dental appointments with your dentist. At the first appointment, your dentist will find the right bridge for you and make impressions of your teeth. Then they will then prepare the bridge which will be fitted during a later appointment.
A partial denture is a set of temporary teeth that are fitted alongside your existing teeth. They consist of removable artificial teeth custom-made to fit perfectly in your mouth and over your natural teeth. Your natural teeth may also be fitted with specially made crowns to provide an anchor for the partial dentures.
Partial dentures may take some practice getting used to. The surface of the denture may feel different and activities like eating and speaking may feel unnatural but it goes away with time.
As you age, your dental structure changes so the partial denture needs to be replaced often to fit well and ensure maximum comfort.
These are permanent implants fitted surgically on the jawbone and beneath the gum line with titanium fixtures. Since dental implants are permanently fitted to the jawbone, the prosthetic teeth are strongly embedded and secured. This means that regular mouth functions like eating and speaking are not disrupted or distorted. Dental implants are the most expensive tooth replacement solution due to the fixtures and the procedure involved.
It is important to seek professional consultation before having your teeth replaced so your dentist can provide you with the best tooth replacement solution.
A recent study showed that 19% of the population across 19 different countries used one form of denture or another, which is almost one in five people. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, remember that you have an array of options to choose from to bring that bright smile back to life.