Our teeth are just a small part of our bodies. In fact, because most adults have 32 teeth in their mouths, it’s easy to take them for granted and assume we can easily live without them. But when we lose teeth, the impact is actually quite profound.
Every tooth serves a purpose as it’s designed to break down food in a certain way. Not only that, but our teeth help us form words, and our smile communicates our feelings to the world around us. It’s often not until our teeth are gone that we truly appreciate how much they benefit us.
Thankfully, we can replace teeth using bridges, dental implants, or dentures. But if you’ve lost teeth, which option is best for you?
Let’s take a look at each option in turn and discuss their individual benefits.
The traditional option for replacing teeth is to have dentures. You can get full or partial dentures depending on how many teeth you have lost.
Dentures are usually made of acrylic or nylon. They’re custom-made to fit your mouth, so they look and feel great.
Dentures are a cost-effective solution that look natural and allow you to eat, smile, and talk; however, they have their limitations. Because dentures are not anchored in position, some people may find that they work loose. That said, modern dentures are a far cry from the ill-fitting false teeth of years gone by.
As a removable appliance, it’s easy to take your dentures out to clean.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges consist of replacement teeth, known as pontics connected to your natural teeth on one or both sides. To provide the best support, the natural teeth are capped with dental crowns.
There are several types of bridges; some are supported from both sides, others from just one side, while certain bridges use metal wings to hold the tooth in position.
Bridges offer a firmer foundation compared to dentures. Being attached nantual teeth on either side means your new prosthetic teeth get a good level of stability. This gives you greater confidence to bite, chew, speak, laugh, and smile.
Dental implants are titanium posts that act as replacements for the roots of your teeth. Dental implants can support individual crowns or be strategically placed to provide anchorage to multiple replacement teeth. It’s possible to support up to an entire arch of teeth using four to six implants.
The unparalleled support implants offer comes from the fact that the titanium fuses with your jaw bone over time.
Dental implants are a great way to support your replacement teeth. Once in place, implants give you a bite that feels as good as your natural teeth. We cap your implants with lifelike teeth that give you the confidence to smile.
When you’ve lost teeth, your jaw will gradually start to deteriorate. Dental implants stimulate the bone and stop the resorption process from harming the structure of your face.
Once placed, your dental implants won’t break down. Titanium is a strong biocompatible material that can last an entire lifetime. Once it’s fused to the bone, your smile will stay in place for many years to come.
Here at Kreate Dental, we offer a selection of solutions for replacing missing teeth. Our team are here to help you find the right option that matches your specific needs.
Call today to schedule your consultation.
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