Replacing Missing Teeth
When individuals are missing teeth, large gaps are left, which can cause their remaining teeth to shift and rotate. This could lead to a number of troublesome problems, including the development of a bad bite, increasing difficulty eating and chewing, gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.
Those missing teeth can avoid such afflictions by receiving dental bridges. A dental bridge is a prosthetic device which fills the gap between absent teeth. The bridge consists of abutment teeth centered by a pontic, or false tooth, which is typically made out of stunning porcelain for a completely natural look.
Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace any teeth that you’ve lost, or to replace teeth that you’ve had extracted. Implants don’t slip or slide the way dentures can, which means that you don’t have as much trouble eating or speaking.
Dental implants have provided hope and confidence to thousands of individuals who have missing teeth. They can also help to prevent bone loss, which could ultimately have an impact on the shape of your mouth and face.
When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone, that is the bone that holds your teeth in place, no longer gets the stimulation that it’s supposed to get on a daily basis. As a result, it stops rebuilding itself, loses width, loses height, and loses shape. This can, in turn, impact your ability to chew and speak with your remaining teeth. Dentures do not help prevent these serious issues, but implants do.
With proper hygiene, implants can last for a lifetime. It’s important to observe proper home hygiene when you get your implants, both to preserve the implant and to preserve the remaining natural teeth. If you have not had a habit of seeing the dentist for regular cleanings then we urge you to begin once your implants are in place. You can treat your implants just like you treat normal teeth, however, which means brushing and flossing works just fine.
Complete dentures replace all of a patient’s teeth. They sit on top of the gums, as opposed to dental bridges that are anchored to existing teeth. Complete dentures are typically placed within 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed/extracted.
Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some of his or her natural teeth, such as when one or more teeth remain in the upper and lower jaw. There is a pink-colored base that is attached to a metal piece. These two pieces hold the denture in the mouth.
They are convenient and removable, which means you can take them out whenever you need to. Partials help to prevent the other teeth from moving, and are made from all-acrylic or acrylic material.