Different Options to Replace a Missing Tooth

At some point in your life you will probably lose a tooth due to an injury, dental complications or diseases, or just because of aging. Having a missing tooth or missing teeth can be quite uncomfortable and can even make you lose your own confidence forcing you to smile less or not smile at all. For those of you who don’t feel comfortable missing some teeth or just one tooth, you may consider getting some tooth replacement treatments.

Tooth replacement treatments are performed by dentists or Oral Surgeons. Today, we are going to discuss a few of the tooth replacement options that you can get to replace your missing tooth and have a complete smile once again.

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1.) Partial removable dentures – This type of dentures is not permanently attached to your mouth so you will be able to remove them from time to time when needed. The problem with this is that removable dentures aren’t that stable or secure which can result in them slipping or shifting inside your mouth which can be uncomfortable. People who use partial removable dentures usually experience some form of bone loss.

2.) Complete denture – Just like the previously mentioned type of dentures, this one also has problems with stability in one’s mouth. Many people turn to getting complete dentures because they are viewed as a cheap alternative having low costs to get. However, the real price to pay is when you are replacing your dentures over time to cope with the development of your teeth and mouth. One of the downsides with this is that you can hear clicking when eating and speaking which can get annoying.

3.) Dental implants – A Dental Implant is one of the more reliable treatment to get when replacing some missing teeth. This type of tooth replacement option does not share the problem of the previous two. In fact, dental implants are actually very stable because the implant is fused onto your jawbone. The minor downside of this is that many people aren’t that willing to undergo the surgical procedure for fear of its intrusiveness, but in reality, the result of the procedure is actually something quite stable and reliable and you won’t worry about any discomfort in your mouth.

4.) Tooth-supported bridge (fixed) – This is also another common option when it comes to replacing any missing teeth. The problem with getting this type of dental bridge is that your other healthy teeth are affected because they have to be shaped and grinded down for the bridge to be properly attached. This result in the compromised health of the other teeth and just like dentures, the underlying bone does not have proper support and will decay.

These are just a few options that you can choose from when you want to replace any missing tooth. From these four, I would say that Dental Implants are the best option, but first you have to be sure that dental implants are the right treatment for you. Go see your dentist and talk about which option of tooth replacement you should go for.

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