Our natural teeth are expected to last a lifetime. But due to factors that are beyond our control, we end up losing our teeth. The cause for tooth loss may be due to cavities, gum diseases, or an accident. Moreover, our teeth slowly start to shift and occupy the empty spaces of the missing teeth, leading to misalignments and added pressure on the existing teeth. Due to all these reasons, our vital functions such as eating and smiling get disrupted.
At Silver Firs Dental, we have several alternatives for replacing missing teeth. If you have a tooth that has been knocked out in an accident or was removed due to decay, we can help replace it so that you can regain the full functionality and appearance of your smile.
Who Are Ideal For Tooth Replacement Options?
There are many different options to replace your missing teeth, both temporary to long-lasting solutions. A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor for undergoing replacement of the missing tooth. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of tooth replacement options.
After conducting a physical examination and taking detailed x-rays of your mouth, we will recommend which option will work best for your lifestyle.
What Are the Different Tooth Replacement Options?
There are various alternatives to replace your missing teeth, such as:
A fixed bridge is a permanent restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth in your mouth. They imitate the look, shape, and function of natural teeth. They are also custom-made as per the needs of individual patients.
Dentures are false teeth and gums that are designed to replace lost or extracted natural teeth. They are made either as full or partial dentures, based on the entire or partial replacement of the teeth. Dentures can be tailor-made to fit your mouth and visually matched to your existing teeth.
A less delicate option is a removable partial denture fabricated in plastic and metal. It is held in position by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed or reinserted when desired by the patient.
Dental implants offer the most comfortable and lasting solution. The implants provide a solid foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Dental Implants can help support a single replacement tooth or anchor specialized dentures in place. The procedure for dental implants does not cause damage to the adjacent teeth and can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be stable, natural-looking, and comfortable for almost any patient.
To learn more about tooth replacement options, call and schedule an appointment with our ‘Silver Firs Dental’ office. You can reach us at (425) 225-5757!