Did you know that more than 35 million americans have absolutely no teeth? Additionally, there are about 178 million people who have at least 1 missing tooth. Due to the increase of gum disease and decay, these numbers still continue to rise. Fortunately for those with missing teeth, dentists and prosthodontists in the United States have created innovative ways to provide missing teeth repair options.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you understand the importance of having that tooth replaced. There are many disabilities that come with missing teeth. Some of these disabilities include:
Weight loss due to difficulty eating
Create speech impediment
Hinder self-esteem or confidence of appearance
Due to the shifting of other teeth to fill in the gaps, you can develop jaw issues, headaches, and fast wearing down of remaining teeth
These 3 options are a few suggestions for missing teeth repair options. Please keep in mind that whatever option you choose should last you for many years. There are different options for different people. Below we have listed your 3 options from the least ideal to the most ideal.
They are a removable set of fake teeth that with a plastic base that matches the color of your gum tissue. Having dentures do take some getting used to, and should never be worn for a full 24-hour period. Patients are normally advised to remove them for bedtime and replace them in the morning. You can use a denture to replace only a few missing teeth, or a whole mouth’s worth of missing teeth. Dentures do have some disadvantages because they are removable. They can get lost or left out to be chewed up by a dog or run over by a car, if dropped outside.
Bridges not only replace the teeth that are missing, they are also required to crown or “cap” the teeth beside the missing teeth. Benefits to fixed bridges are that they are permanent, no need for removal, and they look and feel like real teeth, and they are less expensive than the best option available.
The best advantage of implants is that you can permanently replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole mouth full of teeth. Some benefits of an implant are that they are very natural looking, there is no need to drill the teeth next to the missing tooth, they help prevent bone loss.
Out of the 3 missing teeth repair options, one’s best option is definitely #3, dental implants. Dental implants also do not just last a year or two – they can even last decades.
If you would like more information on your dental repair options, contact us today at 215.898.PDFP.