Here, we’ll examine the significance of having missing teeth restored, which goes far beyond how it may affect your appearance. The most popular forms of treatment are also examined.
A missing tooth has an impact on much more than just how you look; teeth are crucial for speech, oral health, and hygiene, as well as for enjoyable eating.
Your mouth is made to fit a full set of teeth, and if one or more are lost, the remaining teeth may gradually reposition themselves to fill the empty gap. Your bite may vary as a result, resulting in improper alignment of your upper and lower teeth, which could cause jaw pain.
Food particles can get stuck in the new crevices between teeth, where they can develop and transfer bacteria to neighbouring teeth. Your voice may be impacted immediately or later as your other teeth drift, dependent on which tooth or teeth are missing. The muscles of the face may sag if several teeth are absent.
Tooth replacement treatment options
The following are the most often used methods for replacing lost teeth:
- Bridges- artificial teeth that are permanently attached next to your natural teeth.
- Dentures- detachable fake teeth
- Dental implants- prosthetic teeth fixed into your jawbone with a titanium screw, they give them the feel, appearance, and functionality of real teeth.
There is no right or wrong decision; the ideal method for replacing missing teeth depends on your personal preferences, the number of missing teeth, where they are in your mouth, how healthy your gums and remaining teeth are, and how many teeth are missing.
A bridge or a dental implant are typically good options if just one or two teeth are lost.
An artificial tooth that fills the space in the middle of a bridge is made by placing crowns on the two teeth on either side of the gap. So, there’s no need to extract the bridge in order to brush your teeth because it is bonded into place.
Dentures are movable fake tooth frameworks composed of metal or plastic. Complete top dentures can be held in place by natural suction as a thin coating of saliva builds between your palate and the denture, covering your palate, the roof of your mouth. Your tongue and face muscles also facilitate this.
Full lower dentures do not benefit from your palate’s natural suction, but they do have gravity working in their favour. While getting used to their dentures, many people require fixative (denture adhesive cream), but if they feel comfortable eating, speaking, and smiling while wearing their dentures, they can frequently stop using it.
Wherever possible, many dentists advise patients to get dental implants since they are a durable, safe choice for replacing missing teeth that can remain for decades.
Healthy gums are necessary since getting a dental implant requires surgery to affix an artificial tooth to your jaw with a titanium screw. Additionally, if you smoke, a dentist can advise against getting dental implants because smoking shortens the implants’ lifespan and has a negative impact on how quickly your gums and jaw can heal.
Dental implants, however, can be a terrific alternative if both you and your dentist decide to go that route because of how long they endure and how easily you can forget they are there.