Most people think a single missing tooth isn’t a big deal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Over time, other problems with your oral health can begin to develop. Chewing your favorite foods can prove difficult and even impossible in some cases. Slurred speech can become more common. For these reasons and more, Shiloh Family Dental always recommends patients to replace teeth as soon as they are lost. By calling our office, you’ll be able to get the personalized attention and customized restorations you need.
Traditionally, teeth have been replaced via dental bridges, whether it’s for a single tooth or multiple consecutive teeth. Bridges are made from several crowns that are physically attached together. While they can contain as few as two dental crowns, they can have as many as four if multiple teeth need to be replaced. The crowns in the center of the bridge fill the gap in your smile, while the crowns adjacent to them are hollowed out so they can fit on top of teeth neighboring the gap.
If you want an affordable and comprehensive solution for replacing teeth on either opposite sides of the mouth or throughout an entire arch, dentures are likely your ideal option. When you have severe tooth loss, you can receive a fully customized denture that’s designed to provide the best comfort and longevity possible. Full dentures generally rely on the natural shape of your mouth and suction to the gums to stay in place, while partial dentures wrap around existing teeth using metal hooks.
If you wish your tooth replacement were not only longer-lasting, but more reliable, dental implants are worth a second look. These tooth replacements are surgically placed into the jaw and work to restore the root portion of the tooth, not just the visible crown. As a result, your jawbone receives the stimulation it needs to remain strong and chew your favorite foods. With that said, treatment does require surgery and healing will take several months before a permanent restoration, whether it’s a crown, bridge, or denture, can be placed.