Losing a single tooth might not seem like an issue on the surface. It’s only after you’ve experienced life with an incomplete grin that you realize just how important all your teeth are for speaking and chewing. That’s not even getting into the consequences of what could happen if your remaining teeth start to drift into the gap. As soon as you realize that you could be facing life with an incomplete set of teeth, call Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Jewell Lake; our experts will help you figure out the best replacement option for you.
A dental bridge can be placed to either replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row. There are four different kinds of dental bridges that could be placed depending on your needs, but generally speaking, you can expect it to consist of a pair of dental crowns as well as one or more false teeth. The crowns are attached to natural teeth while the prosthetics held between them are used to fill the gap. Using a bridge will stop the dental drift that normally occurs when teeth are lost. Keep in mind that the exact method of anchoring the bridge in place depends on what type of restoration you get; we’ll be sure to discuss your options in detail so that you fully understand which one best suits your needs.
Dentures may be the most well-known method of tooth replacement. However, the type you’re likely most familiar with –full dentures – are only recommended for those who have already lost most or all of the teeth in their upper or lower arches. For those that still have plenty of teeth worth preserving, partial dentures may be recommended instead. No matter which kind you get, it’s important to take them out of your mouth at night in order to give your gums a break.
By attaching a crown, a bridge, or even full dentures to dental implants, you can make your new teeth feel and function as close to your natural ones as possible. Unlike other types of tooth replacement, implants are permanently anchored into your jaw, basically becoming new tooth roots. They will continue to provide the stimulation that previously came from your natural teeth, which prevents the jawbone from breaking down. You can schedule a consultation with us to see if dental implants are a viable option for you.