Whether your teeth have fallen out, been pulled, or have suffered the ravages of impact events or severe tooth decay, replacing these structures is vital for a number of reasons. Maintaining a healthy and complete smile is essential for maintaining high levels of marketability and confidence. Fortunately, there are many ways to complete your smile in the event of missing teeth.
Dental implants are the most widely recommended treatment for tooth loss given that these procedures have the ability to resolve many common problems associated with tooth loss. During a dental implant procedure, a titanium post is installed directly into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root. Once this post has been successfully grafted into the bone, a prosthetic tooth can then be firmly affixed to it.
If you have one or more than one missing teeth, having implants installed can greatly improve your talking and chewing abilities. Surprisingly, however, the greatest benefit of implant procedures is their ability to preserve the density and integrity of the jawbone. After titanium posts have been successfully grafted into the jawbone, the body will treat these structures just like natural tooth roots.
Dental bridges are a slightly less invasive alternative to dental implants. Rather than using a titanium post to secure an artificial or prosthetic tooth, a dental bridge will create a solid support structure that spans across the area with missing teeth, affixed to the two, natural teeth that abut this area. Dental bridges effectively complete the smile. They also balance out bite forces to minimize additional tooth damage and future tooth loss.
Dentures are a well-known solution for missing teeth. These are complete sets of artificial teeth that are customized to replicate the look of a patient’s natural smile once a number of tooth structures have been pulled or lost. Traditional dentures are designed to fit securely in the mouth by providing a seamless fit, and can be additionally stabilized through the use of denture pads, glues, or other oral adhesives. There are also permanent dentures or all-on-four implants that can be permanently affixed in the mouth via the installation of four titanium posts.
If you suffer from missing teeth and want to know your options, schedule a consultation at Brevard Smiles. Our offices are located in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge. Contact us today to book you dental appointment!