Replace Your Missing Teeth
Many people experience the loss of one or more teeth in their lifetime, and this small change can significantly impact their lives. From problems when eating to poor self-confidence, there are many problems that a missing tooth might cause.
These days, it is easy to replace a missing tooth with a beautiful, high-quality prosthetic that will last for many years. Dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures can all be used to replace a missing tooth. Which of the three choices is best for you depends on your needs, budget, and oral health status.
Dental Options to Replace a Missing Tooth
Dentures are typically the most cost-effective option to replace one or more missing teeth. There are a variety of different types available to suit your needs and budget, including:
- Complete Dentures: These are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
- Partial Dentures: Partials are used to replace one or more missing teeth when a patient still has some natural teeth of their own.
- Implant Retained Dentures: Implant retained dentures are anchored to small titanium screws attached to your jawbone.
- Immediate Dentures: Using modern technology, dentures can be made on the same day you are fitted for them.
Without implants to support them, dentures are considered the lesser of the three tooth replacement options. While they do cost less, they can only sustain a fraction of the chewing force of natural teeth, are prone to slipping, and do nothing to stimulate your jawbone and prevent bone loss. They often begin to fit poorly and cause discomfort as your jawbone degrades over time.
The following factors determine how beneficial dentures will be for you:
- How much bone loss you have sustained
- The texture of your gums
- Your jaw’s size and shape
- How much saliva you naturally produce
Your dentures will help you to eat, speak, and perform other normal daily activities. We are happy to perform adjustments and fittings to ensure your new dentures fit comfortably and function well.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, then topped with a dental crown.
Implants replicate the look and function of a natural tooth almost perfectly, making them the best choice for missing teeth. If you can afford them, they are an excellent choice that will minimize the chances of further dental complications in the coming years. However, they can be expensive, and not every patient is a good candidate to receive them.
Like implants, dental bridges are permanent, non-removable prosthetics that can significantly enhance your chewing ability. Like dentures, they are not anchored directly to your jawbone. Instead, a bridge suspends a prosthetic tooth between two dental crowns fitted over each of the teeth surrounding the gap.
Dental bridges are relatively affordable and can last for 15 to 20 years with good home care. However, they do not perform as well as implants and require the supporting teeth to be shaved down, sacrificing viable tooth structure.
Our Dentists Solve Your Missing Tooth Problems
Life is not easy with a missing tooth. This condition could have an impact on:
- Your oral health, including gum disease, tooth decay, and the potential loss of additional teeth
- Your bite and the alignment of your teeth
- Your ability to eat comfortably and enjoy certain types of foods
- The clarity of your speech
- The rate of bone resorption and bone loss in your jaw
- Your personal comfort, desired appearance, and confidence
- Your overall health
Thanks to modern advances in dentistry, it is easy to replace a tooth you have lost. Doing so can significantly improve your quality of life in multiple ways, and in most cases, the new tooth will look just like the others in your mouth.
Get the Best Dental Solutions for Missing Teeth
Ready to replace your missing tooth? Trillium Smile Dentistry has the expert staff you need to walk you through this process and help you select the best choice. Call us today at 905-828-9894 to book an appointment with one of our dentists and let us help you enjoy your smile again!