If you’re missing teeth and have a growing concern about how it affects your appearance and ability to chew comfortably, you may be thinking about what options you have regarding restoration or replacement of teeth. Teeth are designed to perform a variety of functions. When you end up missing one or more teeth, the efficiency of these functions can be reduced. However, this isn’t always the case and in many cases, people move on just fine with missing teeth. But let’s not forget that teeth also reflect a beautiful and confident smile, so many of you may also want to restore your teeth for the sake of improving your looks. Therefore, these are the following options our dentists may suggest, depending on your needs:
Dental implants are surgically installed on the upper or lower jaw. It is meant to offer a long-term solution for missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium or other materials that aren’t rejected by the body. The process of implanting an implant varies from one dentist to another, and also depends on the condition of your missing teeth. The time frame of this process is, however, lengthy. But this doesn’t keep patients from scrapping this option. In fact, many patients actually opt for dental implants because they’re sturdy and can last up to years if not decades. They’re also the most natural looking substitutes for permanent teeth.
However, implants aren’t for everybody, especially those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia, as these can slow down the healing process or obstruct it in unforeseen ways. Patients must also have sufficient bone support in order to undergo this procedure. If not, they must be able to undergo surgery to build capacity for the implant to be successfully planted. It is best to consult an experienced dentist to discuss in detail the suitability of this implant with regards to your health.
Crowns are solutions to a variety of problems: missing teeth, broken or chipped teeth, or weak or loosely positioned teeth. They last longer than 10 years but with proper care taken, including regular flossing and frequent brushing, they have been reported to last up to 25 years or so. Crowns are designed as coverings for broken teeth or implanted teeth; they are also designed as prosthetics for altogether missing teeth.
So how does a crown work? Your tooth is filed down in order for the crown to take a good grip around it. Dentists then take an impression of the filed down tooth and forward it to laboratory technicians to create a perfect fit through microscopic assistance. They also match the color of the crowns to your other teeth. Crowns are eventually cemented on to your broken tooth or adjusted and fastened onto the vacant spot in your gums.
Dentures are designed for the purpose of making patients feel at ease. These are removable appliances, usually used by those who’ve lost most or all of their teeth whether from gum disease, age factor or tooth decay. Dentures do not only facilitate your speaking ability, but also restore the function of chewing. Dentures also help keep muscles active by allowing muscular movement in the face. Often people without teeth find their skin sagging, this is because the facial muscles become poorly toned. There are different kinds of dentures ranging from conventional to immediate to overdenture. Each appliance varies in the specific function that it performs.
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