Gaps created by missing teeth can create difficulty when chewing food. In fact, gaps in your teeth can lead to problems with digestion and discomfort while eating. In addition, when a tooth is missing, the other teeth may shift in the gums to partially fill the space created by the missing tooth. This can cause poor tooth alignment and extra wear and tear on the remaining teeth. For these reasons, it’s important to replace permanent teeth when they’re lost.
When it comes to tooth replacement, you have options. Here’s what you need to know about replacing your missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that’s held in place by crowns placed over the adjacent teeth. If you’re trying to replace a missing tooth, installing a bridge is one of the fastest ways to make that happen. To install the dental bridge, first, your dentist will shave down a little bit of tooth enamel on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Doing this makes room for the crowns that will be attached to them. Dental bridges look realistic enough that no one can tell when you have one installed.
Of all the types of prosthetic teeth, dental implants are the most like natural teeth. Implants are inserted into the jaw through a surgical procedure. Once the implant is in place and the required attachments are installed, a crown is placed on top. This process happens over several appointments. Implants look and function just like normal teeth, so if you’re looking for a prosthetic tooth that mimics your other teeth, this is a good option for you.
Full dentures are prosthetic teeth that are custom-made to replace all the teeth in the mouth. Dentures are worn, not inserted into the jaw, or permanently fused to the surrounding teeth. This means that dentures can be removed, and must be maintained for proper fit, or they can start to slip. To be maintained, dentures are removed and cleaned in a solution daily.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures can fill in gaps when several teeth in a row are missing. They’re custom-made to fit the wearer and held in place with a metal clasp on either side of the teeth. Partial dentures are a budget-friendly option but can have some downsides. Partial dentures can slip around and cause gums to become sore. Your dentist can help you get the best value for your investment.
A dental veneer is a cover that’s cemented into place over a tooth, giving the appearance of a whole and healthy tooth. Dental veneers are not intended to replace entire missing teeth but can be used to hide teeth that are chipped or broken.
Work With a Professional to Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, it’s important to find the right prosthetic option for you. Get help today! Call Weninger Dentistry to make your upcoming dental appointment in Tampa.