If you have missing teeth it can leave you feeling self-conscious when interacting with others. It is difficult to feel confident with your smile when one or more teeth are missing. In addition, missing teeth can make everyday tasks like eating and talking difficult. Fortunately, you do not have to continue living with missing teeth. There are a number of tooth replacement options that can restore the look and functionality of your smile. Three of the top options for tooth replacement include bridges, dentures, and implants.
A bridge is a tooth replacement option that can replace one or multiple teeth. There is an anchor on one or both sides of the bridge to keep it in place. The anchor attaches to another tooth for support and stability. A bridge is a non-invasive tooth replacement option that works for a lot of people. Some patients have to get a bridge instead of a dental implant because their jawbone is not in good enough condition to install an implant. One of the main drawbacks of a bridge is the fact that it has to anchor to another tooth. In some situations, this can cause strain and damage to the tooth that is acting as an anchor.
Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option designed for people who are missing most or all of their teeth. You can have a custom set of dentures designed for maximum comfort and aesthetics. The technology that is available for fitting and designing dentures makes them a much more natural looking option than they were in the past. You will need the help of a prosthodontist to determine if dentures are the right choice for your tooth replacement needs.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. Implants are placed below the surface of the gums and into the jawbone. Over time, the bone and implant post fuse together and strengthen the structure of your mouth. There are a number of factors that will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. The condition of your gums, other teeth, and jawbone will all be taken into consideration. Getting dental implants can be an involved process, but they will provide you with long-lasting results.
A prosthodontist can help you explore all of the tooth replacement options mentioned above. After a thorough examination you will discuss the options and make a decision about which one to pursue. There is no reason to continue dealing with missing teeth because there are tooth replacement options for a variety of situations. If you are ready to get the process started, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berger at Samuels Dental Arts.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.