October 11, 2016
When you lose a tooth, it can be tough. Depending on which tooth is missing, you could have more difficulty eating or even talking. Plus, that empty space really looks out of place in your smile. All of that gets much worse when you are missing a lot of teeth. That’s why you really need to get replacement teeth as soon as possible.
But how? There are different restorative dentistry treatments that can work. Which works best for you? That depends on several factors, including how many teeth need replacing and how much it will cost. Here are six great ways to replace your missing teeth. No matter which one sounds best for you, our dental team has the right mix of training and experience to provide restorative dentistry you need.
1. Dental bridges for a more affordable tooth replacement.
A dental bridge actually uses three dental crowns to replace a tooth without needing surgery. One crown is used as a replacement tooth. It’s made to look like the tooth that went missing. The other two crowns are placed atop the neighboring teeth. The replacement is bonded to these crowns, making sure your replacement is held securely.
Because no surgery is required, dental bridges are generally more affordable than other ways to replace lost teeth.
2. Dental implants for a more secure tooth replacement.
Your natural teeth have roots. They go into your jawbone and help keep your teeth where they belong. These roots also stimulate your bone tissue, helping it stay healthy. With those advantages, it makes sense to have a tooth replacement option that includes a root.
Dental implants are the closest thing to growing a brand-new tooth. A titanium root is surgically implanted in your jawbone to mimic your natural root. A dental crown is connected to the root, filling the gap in your smile with a beautiful replacement. Our dentists can give you this long-lasting replacement safely and accurately.
3. All-on-4® implants for a secure way of replacing a full arch of teeth.
If you are missing all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth, getting a dental bridge or dental implant won’t work. Bridges need natural teeth, and a single implant isn’t enough. If you want to replace many teeth but still want them held securely like a dental implant, you should go with All-on-4 implants.
WIth this restorative dentistry treatment, you’ll get a full arch of beautiful replacement teeth. They are held in place by four implants. Two are placed in the front, and two are placed in the back at a special angle. This helps your All-on-4 implants to stay just where you want it.
4. Mini dental implants for replacing thin teeth or when your jawbone is thin.
Implants are great. They help your jawbone stay healthy, and at our Norton Shores, MI dental office, our dentists are trained and experienced in placing them. However, you need healthy bone tissue in your jaw to fuse with the dental implants. If your jawbone is thin or has deteriorated, a regular implant might not work.
In those cases, you can get mini dental implants. These do not normally last as long as regular ones, but they are much thinner. You can get mini dental implants placed where regular ones cannot work.
5. Removable dentures for a more affordable way to replace a full arch of teeth.
Dentures may have been around for a while, but that’s because they work. If your jawbone is too weak for implants, removable dentures can be a great option for you.
Full dentures replace a full arch of teeth. Partial dentures replace a few teeth in a row. Both are removable, which means they are more affordable and easy to clean. Both feature natural-looking, attractive teeth set in a gum-colored base. Once you put them in, you’ll have a full, working smile once again.
6. Implant-secured dentures for a more secure version of dentures.
One drawback about dentures is that they need a special adhesive to help stick to your gums. It’s possible for your removable dentures to move around in your mouth as you chew tough foods. It’s rare, but these can even come out unexpectedly.
To correct for this, you can secure your dentures with implants. Similar to All-on-4 implants, implant-secured dentures use a number of artificial roots to connect with those dentures. This keeps your replacement teeth from moving around.
Replacing your missing teeth is important. Our Norton Shores, MI dental office offers several ways to get your smile back. Call us today at 231-366-4182 to make an appointment for restorative dentistry.