Missing teeth are able to be replaced with a variety of options. The option that a person has to choose from when they are considering replacing their missing teeth includes bridges, dentures or implants. Each of the options comes with both pros and cons, which are usually dependent on a patient’s overall oral health as well as their budget. Your dentist will work with each patient to find the very best option for them and what will provide the best results for their situation.
Dental implant solutions provide the most natural feeling result for patient’s natural teeth. They provide the patient with a permanent option that is anchored to the gum with titanium posts. Each of the implants is then adhered to the anchor, providing a permanent replacement for the missing tooth or teeth. Implants can easily take the place of one, or multiple teeth, depending on patient’s specific needs.
A bridge is a type of dental restoration that will span the area that is lacking teeth and then is connected to the natural teeth that are still present at each end of the gap. I traditional bridge will consist of a type of filler tooth that will be attached to two crowns or abutements. After the completion of the process, the bridges are bonded into the mouth. It is a less permanent option than dental implants, however not one that has to be removed, either.
Most people understand what dentures are and the undesirable effects they can have on a person’s mouth. Dentures cause loss of bone structure, which can create a misshapen face and other problems over time.
While there is no question that a fixed bridge or dentures have their place in dentistry, they are not the best solution for each situation. Dentures can cause embarrassment for the wearer. Additionally, fixed bridges require the dentist to cut the teeth that are adjacent in order to place the bridge. Both dentures and fixed bridges have to be replaced at lease every seven to 15 years, while dental implants can last a period of 25 years.
As you can see, the longest lasting tooth replacement option is dental implants; however, this may not be the right option for everyone. Taking some time to evaluate all the options will help you determine which one is right for your needs.