Today I picked topic which might be interesting to many of you- missing teeth.
So are you missing a tooth and do not know where to find solution how to fix it?
Surfing Internet might be confusing, I know- there are so many options on the market, that it is difficult to learn which one is the best.
I will try to explain you in details how this dental problem can be fixed.
I believe the question should be what is the best option for YOU to replace the missing teeth?
Because it varies from patient to patient, scenario to scenario, depending on if it is front tooth or back tooth, if it is one tooth missing or multiple teeth missing.
Depending on all this factors, depending on your general health.
So many factors should be taken into consideration before the final decision will be made.
When you miss teeth it may affect you in 2 ways:
First is function.
When you get missing teeth, especially the back one, the rest of the teeth take more stress and that potentially may create cracks on existing teeth.
You may also experience difficulties with eating and chewing.
The second reason why you should replace missing teeth is aesthetics and emotional side.
If you miss front teeth it may influence negatively your confidence, you might become less social.
Our patient shared their stories, while having missing teeth they avoided meeting new people, did not attend events and could not live normally as they did before.
Overall, there are 3 main ways to fix the missing teeth.
The first one is to have a partial denture or a flipper.
The denture is commonly used for about last 100 years.
It is plastic appliance you clicking it out.
It is quite a cheap option, but probably not the most efficient way.
Many partial denture wearers experience discomfort and gum irritation.
You need to remove it when you go to sleep.
The good thing about denture is that you may replace multiple teeth with one appliance in your mouth.
The second way to fix the missing teeth is to have a bridge.
Having bridge gives you much more comfort to compare with previous option.
The only one thing is that if something goes wrong with the tooth on eighter side of your bridge, you may end up loosing all three teeth.
The price of the bridge is in the middle tier cost.
It will last up to 10 years.
In that period of time 70-80 % of bridges comes out from your mouth.
Most of the patients like the bridges, it is fine to chewing, it is feels like your natural teeth.
The negative side of the bridge is that we need to prep the two teeth on either side.
Now, the third way to replace a missing tooth is to have a dental implant.
It is stand-alone crown that does not place strain on any other teeth.
Implant is where you put a titanium root into your bone.
I know, it may sound painful and uncomfortable, but practice shows that it is quite a simple process.
It does not require lots of time and allows you to be back to your normal life straight away.
The success rate of implants is 90 to 95 %, and they last up to 20 years in general.
It is the most predictable option among all.
So, now you know three ways to replace a missing tooth.
Number one a denture.
Number two a bridge.
And number three an implant.
I recommend you to take a look at advantages and disadvantages of every method and discuss your particular situation with your dentist to make a best decision.
We are always here to help you!