When teeth are lost, not only does it impact the look of your smile but also its function. There are a variety of options available to replace missing teeth, whether teeth have been lost for some time or just recently either due to trauma or a scheduled extraction.
Replacing teeth is important to the continued health and comfort of your smile. Restorative dentistry and implant dentistry offer reliable and innovative options that keep the smile aesthetically pleasing while combating function issues as well. Whether you’ve just lost one tooth or have a whole arch of teeth missing, there are options available for you with your dentist’s recommendation.
Fixed Dental Bridges
One of the main reason teeth must be replaced is that the alignment can shift, creating an unbalanced bite that may lead to oral health issues such as sleep apnea and TMD. Restorative procedures such as fixed bridges replace these teeth and keep the rest of the smile alignment in place.
They are fabricated using a variety of materials from porcelain to porcelain fused to metal and are perfect for front or back teeth. Bridges require neighboring teeth to be capped with a dental crown to support the fake teeth. However, if these teeth are relatively healthy, a fixed bridge can alter them permanently.
Like fixed bridges, partial dentures require any existing teeth to be used as support. Partial dentures are recommended to patients who have multiple teeth missing on either jaw arch. They are made with comfortable plastics and metal bases. During your oral care routine, be sure to brush your prosthetics as well as your teeth to keep the smile fresh and clean.
Denture wearers are those who have a full arch of missing teeth. They can be made with a sturdy base or with flexible plastics, but many dentures require adhesives to keep them in place. These prosthetics cover the gum line and use high-quality materials for natural looking fake teeth.
The downfall of traditional restorative measures is that they do not replace missing tooth roots which stimulate the jawbone to remain strong. Dental implant posts are surgically placed in the jaw, and once healed, can support any type of restoration from crowns to dentures. No need to alter surrounding teeth with unnecessary restorative treatment, just a single post that supports jawbone health and restores comfortable function to the smile.
Consider the variety of restorative and prosthetic options available to replace missing teeth. Give Dr. Eric Fugier a call today!