There are many options for you to choose from when it comes to replacing missing teeth. In the past, the bones and teeth of animals were used to make prosthetic teeth, but, fortunately, there are new options such as dentures, implants and bridges.
Popular replacement options for missing teeth
The following are some of the common oral prosthetics dentists use to replace lost teeth:
Dentures are one of the oldest teeth replacement options used in modern dentistry. A set of dentures has two main parts — a framework that looks similar to gums, and artificial teeth that are attached to them. The device is held in place by suction forces that are created when the device is inserted.
Dentures are an economical solution and that is one of the reasons why many people choose to go with them. However, dentures have some drawbacks that other tooth replacement options do not have. For example, dentures should be cleaned once a day and soaked in a denture solution. That can quickly get tiring when one has to do it each night.
Dentures are also prone to slipping and shifting when worn, so they take longer to get used to. Regardless of any disadvantages associated with dentures, they do have the ability to restore the patient's smile and the function of their lost teeth. There are full denture sets for those who have lost most of their real teeth and partial denture sets for those who have only lost a few of their teeth.
Bridges are used to close up gaps created by missing teeth. They are secured in place by attaching them to the two teeth at the end of the space. These teeth serve as abutments and they are typically crowned to create a more stable base.
Bridges are permanently fixed in place. They do not necessarily require special maintenance, but they do make simple tasks like flossing and brushing quite difficult.
3. Dental implants
Implants are inserted in the patient's jawbone and they help to preserve bone tissue. A crown is attached to the outer end of the implant, serving as a replacement tooth. Many people who opt for implants have to wait up to six months for the implant to fuse with bone tissue before a crown is placed on it. There are certain types of implants that can be crowned when implants are installed, like mini implants and same-day implants.
The installation of implants requires oral surgery, but it provides a long-lasting solution that can last the rest of the patient's life. It means those who have lost their teeth can get a replacement that allows them to get back to how life was when they had all of their natural teeth.
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