Around 50% of the American population has at least one missing tooth. If you have one or several missing teeth, you may not know what your options are for replacing them.
Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made replacement teeth more durable and natural-looking than ever.
Dental implants are an excellent option if you are missing one or a few teeth. They are titanium posts that go into your gum or jawbone and support a false tooth.
There are standard dental implants, which fuse into your jawbone, as well as mini dental implants, which are made of only one part and go into your gums. Mini dental implants only require one or two quick appointments because they are less invasive than standard implants.
Because dental implants function like a tooth’s root, they provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to keep making bone cells, preventing bone loss.
Another option for replacing missing teeth is a bridge. There are several types of bridges, including:
A traditional bridge uses two crowns on either side of the gap to hold a false tooth in place, while a cantilever bridge needs only one healthy tooth on either side of the gap.
A Maryland bridge attaches to the back of the adjacent teeth using a metal structure; it doesn’t require the placement of crowns.
An implant-supported bridge uses implants instead of adjacent teeth to hold the false teeth in place. This is a good choice for people who have many missing teeth in a row.
If you have many missing teeth, consider an implant-retained denture. This option uses dental implants to hold your denture in place, providing more stability than traditional dentures while allowing you to remove the artificial teeth to clean them.
Implant-retained dentures function well with standard dental implants and mini dental implants.
You can also choose permanent dentures to replace missing teeth. These dentures also attach to dental implants, but unlike implant-retained dentures, only your dentist can remove them.
Permanent dentures function just like your natural teeth, letting you eat and speak without worrying about any slipping.
How to Choose the Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
To find the right solution for missing teeth, you want to turn to experts for a consultation.
We will assess your mouth and jawbone and to check if you have enough jawbone density for dental implants. We will also ask you about your overall health and whether you take any medications.
During the consultation, we will explain the costs of each procedure so that you can make an informed decision. Our team of experts will then make recommendations to help you find the best way to replace your missing teeth.
Turn to Experts to Replace Missing Teeth
Missing one or more tooth can keep you from enjoying your favorite foods, interfere with your speech, and cause bone loss in your jaw. By choosing one of the many excellent options available for replacing missing teeth, you can once again have full use of your mouth.
Contact Dr. Harvey Chin at Vegas Dental Experts to schedule a free consultation.