Adult teeth should last us a lifetime due to the hard enamel coating. Unfortunately, things like tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries may cause us to lose some teeth.
Missing teeth take a toll on your appearance and confidence. It can also make it difficult to chew certain food, or even talk.
Losing your teeth is not just a cosmetic problem. There are other health problems that are a direct result of teeth gaps. These include chronic migraines, neck pain, back pain, crooked teeth, and gum disease.
Luckily, advances in dental technology have led to many solutions for those missing a tooth or two. Read on for 6 of our best solutions for replacing missing teeth.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the more popular ways of replacing missing teeth. This is a surgical procedure where a dentist puts a titanium screw into your jawbone to simulate a root for your replacement tooth. An abutment and a porcelain crown are then added on top.
The benefits of dental implants include treatment of gum disease as well as headaches and sore necks caused by a misaligned bite. Implants look and feel like real teeth and can last for decades before requiring replacement. They also do not affect the rest of your teeth since they are permanently fixed in your jaw.
But implants are only a great option if you only have one or two missing teeth. If you have many missing teeth other solutions like using a fixed bridge would be better. This is because dental implants need surgery and they are quite expensive.
2. Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge fills the gap created by missing teeth. This solution is personalized for each user because no two gaps are the same. It requires several visits to the dentist to get the bridge properly fitted.
Once it’s set, a bridge looks and feels like your real teeth. It does not have to be taken out for frequent cleaning and lasts quite long.
A fixed bridge can be used to fill gaps created by several missing teeth and its also very cost-effective. This is why some people prefer to get a bridge rather than implants.
3. Resin-Retained Bridge
Fixed bridges are usually used to fill in gaps created by chewing teeth. For front teeth, resin retained bridges may be preferable, as they are cheaper and less invasive than the fixed bridge. They are attached to the existing teeth on either side of the gap.
They should be only used in areas of the mouth that are not required for a lot of biting pressure. One disadvantage of these bridges is that they can damage the teeth that they are attached to. Resin-retained bridges are mainly used for cosmetic purposes.
4. Removable Partial Dentures
Dentures are false teeth that are usually worn to replace missing front teeth. They should be worn only for part of the day and taken off when you go to sleep. Partial dentures cover a section of the mouth that has only one or two missing teeth. They look real and can also help when chewing food.
The problem with partial dentures is that they are sometimes attached to metal clasps which can look unappealing. Also, they sometimes move while speaking and can fall off while eating which can cause embarrassment. They aren’t meant for long term use and can get uncomfortable when worn for long periods.
Dentures are also less durable than bridges and implants. Yet they are much cheaper which makes them a great option for replacing missing teeth.
5. Removable Complete Dentures
Removable complete dentures are teeth replacements that cover your whole mouth with fittings where your missing teeth used to be. They are a great option for those missing most of the teeth in their mouth.
Dentures are made of metal or acrylic. You can get a partial denture if you still have some teeth, or a complete set of dentures if you are missing all your teeth. You do need proper fitting and customization so this procedure will require several visits to your dentist.
Removable dentures are strong enough to be used to chew food and are also more aesthetically pleasing. They are not as durable as bridges which is why they are much cheaper.
Complete dentures also get uncomfortable the longer you wear them so you may need to take them out before bed.
6. Temporary Dentures
Temporary dentures are a short-term solution for missing teeth. They are usually used by patients who are waiting for their gap to heal. This needs to happen before bridges or implants can be installed.
Dentists sometimes call them “flippers” because they can be easily popped in and out of a gap. They don’t affect neighboring teeth in any way and are fairly cheap. However, they aren’t very durable and can fall off easily.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Missing teeth can not only impact confidence but they can also be a source of diseases such as migraines and gum disease. While missing teeth can be replaced with artificial ones, it is better not to lose your teeth in the first place. Use the tips below to take proper care of your oral health to reduce the chances of your teeth falling off.
First, brush your teeth twice a day to prevent plaque and tooth decay. Change your toothbrush at least once- to every three months to enhance effectiveness. Flossing should also be done at least once a day.
Stay away from sugary foods and drinks as these are the main culprit of tooth decay. Also, visit your dentist at least once a year to get your teeth cleaned and checked. Treating dental problems early may save your teeth.
It is important to have dental insurance coverage that will pay for your dental visits and treatments. In case you do lose a tooth, the insurance can help pay for tooth replacement treatment.
What Is The Best Option For Replacing Missing Teeth?
We have discussed several options for replacing missing teeth. Each one is suitable for different kinds of situations.
To avoid disappointment, talk to your doctor about the best option for your condition. For more information on dental health, read the rest of our blog.