Options for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are a common occurrence. In fact, nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years in the United States have at least one missing tooth caused by either an accident or tooth decay. If you’re missing a tooth and especially if it’s visible, you may be too embarrassed to smile. If you’re tired of going through life with missing teeth, here’s a look at the most common and effective procedures for replacing them.
The more traditional route, dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that replace your missing teeth. They are often attached to a supporting structure, such as your remaining natural teeth, and unlike other options that are permanently fixed into your mouth, you can remove dentures can at night or for cleaning them.
Dentures have come a long way since the George Washington days. They’re typically made of plastic or porcelain and are more affordable than implants, but they can be troublesome if they begin to slip or if they don’t fit well. Dentists often recommend dentures for people whose gums and jaw are too weak to support dental implants.
Since about 1952, the technology for modern dental implants started developing when an orthopedic surgeon inadvertently fused a titanium cylinder to a piece of bone. He discovered that titanium has the property, called osseointegration, that allows it to fuse with bone, thus creating the basis of modern dental implants.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone using a titanium base, making them look and feel like healthy, natural teeth. They’re a popular option to replace one or two missing teeth, and they can be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth as long as your gums and jaw are still healthy. With proper oral care, a dental implant can last 20 years or more without having to be replaced. One dental implant can also be the basis for a fixed bridge, giving the wearer more support and comfort than regular dentures.
If you’re missing teeth and you’re ready to get your smile back, make an appointment today to develop a smile restoration plan that’s catered to you!