The loss of one’s permanent teeth is a serious and widespread problem. In the U.S. alone, about 120 million people are missing at least one permanent tooth, and about 36 million people have lost all of their teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. The loss of even one natural tooth can lead to significant consequences. Not only does it negatively affect one’s self-confidence and appearance, but it can also lead to health problems, such as poor nutrition and the degeneration of the jawbone.
Fortunately, there are multiple options for replacing missing teeth. Visit a cosmetic dentist to discover which treatment option is the best fit for your needs and preferences.
Modern dentures are far stronger, more convenient, and more aesthetically pleasing than the dentures of past decades. Plus, many people choose this option for replacing their missing teeth because getting traditional dentures doesn’t require surgery. As such, it’s an affordable option.
If you have a full arch of missing teeth, you’ll need a complete denture on that arch. Those with just one or a few teeth missing will need a partial. They may be removable or fixed. The removable ones are held in place with clips, whereas fixed are permanently adhered with the remaining natural teeth as anchors.
Another type of smile restoration to consider is the dental bridge. Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap that missing teeth create in a smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, and this gap is flanked by remaining natural teeth, then a dental bridge might be a good option for you.
There are two main types of bridges: fixed and removable. Removable bridges are more affordable. To fit a removable bridge, the cosmetic dentist will create a pontic, or crown, which is fitted into the gap. It’s held in place with clips that affix to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. The process to fit a fixed bridge is a bit more involved. The dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the adjacent natural teeth to fit crowns over them– they anchor the bridge permanently.
Dental implants are often the preferred option for patients. They provide a permanent, natural-looking solution. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, which is anchored within the jawbone. Atop the post sits an abutment, which holds the artificial crown in place. Because dental implants are anchored within the jawbone itself, they help preserve bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.
Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth, it may not be necessary to place an implant post for all of them. The All-On-4 technique, for example, can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with just four implants.
The best option for replacing your missing teeth depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and the state of your oral health. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with the smile restoration experts in Huntington, Long Island, to find out which option is best for you. Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic today.
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