Whatever the reason for missing teeth it can cause embarrassment and affect a persons self esteem and confidence. There are a number of options available to restore missing teeth.
Tooth replacement options.
Tooth loss can be caused by a number of different reasons; trauma, caries, and periodontal disease. Missing teeth can lower self esteem and self confidence but there are number of different options available for replacing missing teeth, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Replacing your missing teeth is a big decision and it is important to consider several factors. Your dentist can help you assess the choices taking into account your individual clinical needs, personal preferences and financial considerations to help you determine which option is best for you.
These can replace single or multiple missing teeth. They are removable and fit over the gum where the teeth are missing. Aesthetically they can be very pleasing and can be made to match your natural teeth so often it is impossible to tell that you are wearing a denture. For first time denture wearers it can take a few months to get accustomed to the dentures but they are aesthetically more pleasing than leaving a gap/gaps. They can also improve biting and chewing efficiency giving you greater nutritional value from your food.
This is a fixed treatment option and relies on your remaining teeth being in good condition. This does involve some removal of natural tooth substance of the teeth either side of the gap to construct the bridge and this is then cemented into place. Your dentist will discuss with you if you are suitable for a bridge.
This is another fixed treatment option. Implants are considered the best treatment option for missing teeth as they do not involve any preparation of adjacent teeth. A titanium implant is fixed to the jaw bone and once it has integrated with the bone a crown is fitted on top of the implant. This is the strongest and most durable option.