Are you missing a tooth or two, or ten? If so, then your dentist has likely started discussing your options with you. Even for those not concerned with the cosmetic implications of a missing tooth, there is a need to consider replacement solutions. This is due to the teeth’s natural habit of moving within the gum line. When one tooth is removed, those nearest it will often shift into its place and then those next in line shift as well and so on. This can disrupt a person’s natural bite and cause other dental concerns. Thus, it is always best to consider the many available options for replacing a lost tooth.
Crowns and Fixed Bridge One of the popular ways for your dentist to address the loss of one or two teeth in this day and age is the use of crowns with a fixed bridge. This provides a permanent solution that is affixed via nearby teeth, and the crowns are cast of tooth colored composite that can create a very real and natural look. Though it can be very successful in replacing one or two missing teeth, this is not an option for those with several gaps in their mouths. The crowns can be soldered together to fill in a small gap, but the connection would be too weak over an expansive distance. They do, however, prevent shifting by filling the smaller spaces and do not have to be removed for cleaning. The patient will be instructed on how to floss between the gum and the crown to prevent bacteria growth.
Implants By far, the most preferred method of treating a patient for a lost tooth is an implant. This option can work for those who are missing a single tooth or several of them. In order to hold the molded, tooth colored replacement in place, a titanium bracket is implanted beneath the surface of the gum. It eventually builds a connection with the jaw and can hold the artificial tooth in place indefinitely. The result is the closest to the original tooth that is possible today.
Partial Dentures When several teeth have been lost or removed, the dentist may recommend partial dentures as a solution, especially for those who cannot afford the implants right away. This set up relies on metal or plastic clasps to hold the new dental apparatus in place. Again, the replacement teeth are carefully molded from a tooth colored resin to provide the most believable fit possible. Due to their temporary nature, partial dentures can be removed for cleaning each day. This method of treating tooth loss has been replaced in many cases by the use of implants. Nevertheless, it provides a quick and relatively affordable repair.
Full Dentures When all, or the vast majority of a person’s teeth have been removed, the use of full dentures is more frequented. Most people are familiar with the hinged inserts that look just like a full set of human teeth. They are custom measured and made today to provide the best possible fit for the patient, but still require removal and soaking regularly. An Austin dentist will go over specific care instructions with the patient to ensure that the dentures are preserved for as long as possible.
Austin Dental Center, PC
Austin, Texas, 78756-2537