Adult tooth loss comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether the loss was from an injury, gum disease, or other causes, there are millions of people affected by it. It causes challenges in self-esteem, chewing, and facial aesthetics, but, fortunately, tooth loss can be treated in many ways. Experts these days provide several options for people with one or more missing teeth, so inquiry about dental replacements is a great way to begin finding out what those are!
Here are some dental replacement options coupled with their definitions. With this information, along with direction from a dental professional 1, you can accurately assess your personal dental replacement needs!
Dental implants provide the closest way to restore missing teeth, compared to the original, natural tooth. According to WebMD, “Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Advantages of dental implants include improved speech, appearance, comfort, and convenience.” Implants require the same maintenance as your regular teeth! Learn more about dental implants here!
Dentures are generally considered partial dentures or complete dentures. Another article from WebMD states: “A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues … Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.” Some partial dentures can even be considered a bridge (see below)! Dentures have their own benefits such as cost efficiency, and, in some cases, immediate access after tooth removal. Click here for more information on dentures!
A dental bridge, very practically, bridges a gap formed by a missing tooth. Healthline 4 says it like this: “A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.” There are actually 4 different types of dental bridges! Click here 4 for a breakdown of all those types.
As a board-certified Implantologist and a Prosthodontist, Dr. Lalonde 1 offers patients the comfort and confidence of knowing they are in good hands. Dr. Lalonde is one of only 15 board-certified implantologists in the state of Indiana. His advanced training combines with almost 40 years of clinical experience to produce consistently beautiful and healthy, long-lasting smiles.
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