You may have missing teeth due to trauma, tooth extractions, or periodontal disease. It's not a good idea to let missing teeth remain that way. When you remove a tooth or lose one from severe gum disease, the bone starts to melt away. Over time, other teeth shift to fill the gap left behind. As a result, you may have crooked teeth, and it may make it difficult to clean your mouth leading to other problems such as decay around the remaining teeth and even further bone loss. Luckily, there are options to replace missing teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture can replace one or several missing front teeth. With a partial denture, a prosthodontist may not need to shave or file down any teeth. You may also get a full denture to replace all missing teeth.
If there are teeth on both sides of a missing tooth, a bridge may be an option. A bridge provides a fixed solution that remains cemented in the mouth meaning it does not come out. A prosthodontist cuts down the teeth found on both sides of the missing tooth in order to connect them together.
Dental implants provide artificial teeth to replace missing teeth. The new teeth fill in the gap where the missing teeth were before. A dentist places the “roots” of the implants also known as the screw or post directly into the jawbone, where they fuse naturally with the bone through osseointegration, a process in which bone ingrowth occurs into a metal implant. After the screws bond with the jaw, a dentist places an abutment crown above the implant to provide additional support for the new teeth. It is on the abutment where a customized crown rests. The dentist creates a dental crown resembling the looks of natural teeth. The crown matches the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth.
These are not the only options you have if you are missing teeth. Visit our prosthodontic team to find out more about replacing missing teeth.
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