Are you missing a tooth or more? If so, you probably miss the feeling of being able to smile, talk, and eat the way you used to. However, there are some dental restoration options that can give you what you need:
There was a time when dentures were the sole answer to missing teeth. Many years and a few other options later, they are still the go-to solution for many. Dentures are dental restorations that can replace some or all of your teeth from both the top and bottom arches. What makes them different from the other options is the fact that they are removable. This lack of permanence causes concern for some as they can move or make sounds when you’re eating, talking, or laughing. Keep dentures on your list of options, though, as many still swear by them.
If you are not missing all your teeth and are a bit queasy about the idea of having removable dentures, you might want to consider getting a dental bridge. This type of restoration can replace a number of missing teeth. With dental bridges, an artificial tooth or teeth are attached to surrounding dental crowns and bonded into your mouth. A lot of patients like them because they don’t need to undergo surgery to have them, and because they can last for a really long time (about five to 15 years). They are also low-cost for a permanent solution. If there is a downside to this, it is that dentists usually need to shave your adjacent teeth down for placement, meaning your natural tooth structure would be damaged a bit.
If you want a dental restoration that can deliver the natural look, comfort, and function of real teeth, then dental implants are right for you. This option can last you for 25 years or even longer. When you get dental implants, titanium posts are surgically embedded into your jaw to connect teeth individually or as a complete bridge of replacement teeth. They closely resemble natural teeth. They also provide more aesthetic value, stability, and strength, compared to dental bridges and dentures, so you can expect that they cost a little higher than the other two.
So, with all the options explained to you, do you think a dental restoration is a right decision for you? To help you decide on the right option for you, let us refer you to one of our top dentists near you, who can tell you which restoration will suit your needs most. Give us a call today!