What are the chances that you, or someone you know, will lose a tooth? The answer depends on a person’s lifestyle, but still the chances are approximately about 1 in 4 that someone will lose an adult tooth during one’s lifetime.
The reasons for losing teeth are as varied as the individuals who lose one or more teeth. Losing teeth are common occurrences for athletes who participate in contact sports.
A sudden accident, impact, or injury to the mouth area can frequently result in lost teeth. Medical conditions can also affect a person’s dental well-being. People with gum disease, tooth decay, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart issues, and even pregnancies can impact your dental health.
Having an empty space in your mouth can affect your confidence and interfere with eating, speaking, and smiling. The good news is that there are a number of options available to you for replacing lost teeth. Today’s advanced dental techniques and strong, non-invasive materials provide individuals with personalized replacement teeth that look, feel, and function the same as the teeth people were born with.
While there are no cookie-cutter approaches to replacing lost teeth, there are unique ways that replacement teeth can be made to perfectly substitute for your missing teeth. The three most popular methods used for replacing teeth are Dental Implants, Dentures, and Bridges.
This is a permanent option to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves several steps. During the first step, the dentist prepares the replacement space by affixing the implant, often referred to as the post, beneath the gum line and into the bone.
Some stitches made be needed to secure the post during the healing process when it will be surrounded by new bone growth. The next step is when the dentist removes the stitches. Some additional time may be needed for complete healing before the new crown, or crowns, are placed over the posts. The final result is a real tooth’s appearance.
To help ensure that your dental implants last for a lifetime, the implants require the same daily brushing and flossing home care as well as routine dental examinations and professional cleanings as your natural teeth.
Dentures are not permanently affixed in your mouth. They can be formulated as a partial apparatus that fit between and held in place by adjoining teeth, or as a full apparatus for upper and lower gum lines.
Dentures are removable and can be removed to clear away any food particles trapped when eating, and they can be cleaned by soaking them in a denture solution, such as Polident. Dentures are strong and durable. With the proper care, dentures will last for many years.
This is a semi-permanent option for replacing lost teeth. Dental bridges are attached to adjoining teeth and are not removable, but, over time, they can become loose and separate from their anchor teeth.
Bridges can be used to fill the empty space left by one or more missing teeth. This dental option requires additional at-home cleaning care because of the small space left between the bridge and the gum line where plaque, tartar, and food particles can collect.