Missing Teeth Can be Replaced in a Variety of Ways

Teeth loss can occur due to several reasons including trauma, periodontal infection and decay. Missing teeth can affect a person’s ability to bite and chew food. The jawbone starts to shrink, speech problems may arise and the oral health worsens over a period of time. There are many varieties of dental prostheses for replace missing teeth. The choice may depend on various factors including the affordability. Our dentist considers all the factors when recommending the best solution for teeth loss. We have patients of all age groups visiting our dental office. Our prosthodontic treatment has helped our patients regain healthy smiles.

Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are prostheses that have one/two anchoring crowns and a false tooth which replaces lost natural tooth. The bridge fills the gap caused from missing teeth. They are either supported by dental implants or by natural teeth. The process is invasive since it involves removal of some portion of teeth enamel in order to make space for placement of anchoring crown. There are different types of bridges and the choice of a particular bridge depends on the tooth that is being replaced. Cantilever bridge, conventional bridge and Maryland Bridge are some common varieties of these prostheses.

Dentures

Dentures or partials are used when the patient is suffering from complete or partial edentulism. Both removable and fixed types of complete dentures are available. The fixed dentures are supported by dental implants. They are more stable and comfortable as a restoration. Dentures are fabricated precisely to replicate the teeth and the soft gum tissues. The dentist either uses screws or bonding cements to fix the dentures over dental implants.

Dental Implants
One of the most recommended methods of replacing a missing tooth is by using dental implants. The implants are metals that are torqued into the jawbone of patient. They are designed to integrate with the bone by forming a strong bond with tissues. An abutment is fixed over the implant and a crown is bonded over it. Dental crowns are precisely fabricated in the lab to mimic the appearance of natural tooth. Since the implanted tooth is highly stable and has high chewing efficiency, the bite feels more natural for the patient. With successful placement and proper care the implant can last for many years.

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