Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are a detriment to the aesthetics of your smile as well as the function of your digestive system. Tooth loss patients can expect a host of complications that will only worsen over time. From complicated chewing to lowered self-esteem, tooth loss is a dreadful condition.
Thus, it’s in a patient’s best interest to replace their teeth promptly.
Fortunately, advancements in modern dentistry provide us with many options to replace our missing teeth. Some of these options include:
- Full-Set Dentures. These are an excellent cost-effective option for patients without any teeth, or who have few teeth remaining that are in bad health.
- Dental Implants. Dental implants are arguably the best option for most people missing teeth. Dental implants replace an entire tooth, from root to crown.
- Bridges. A bridge can literally “bridge the gap” left behind by missing teeth.
- Partial Dentures. If a patient has lost a few teeth and their remaining teeth are generally healthy, a partial denture is a great option for them.
Any combination of these methods may be used over time to restore a smile. If persistent tooth loss seems to be occurring for one reason or another, your dentist may instead recommend replacing your teeth using dentures or implant-supported dentures.
The Invaluable Input of a Dentist
Consider your dental professional an invaluable resource on your journey towards a restored smile. Only a dentist will be able to determine for certain which restoration will serve your smile best. With intimate knowledge of the oral structure, a dentist can help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming amount of options available to replace teeth.
Dental Implants: The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth
The most comprehensive way to replace teeth is with dental implants. Dental implants can support any and all restorations, including single crowns, bridges, and full sets of dentures. Implant supported restorations last longer, are sturdier, and have the added benefit of preventing bone resorption.
Preserving bone health is perhaps the most impactful benefit of dental implants. Without a tooth root, the unstimulated jaw bone shrinks over time. With the introduction of a dental implant, the oral structure is returned to its original form and function. The implant helps preserve the integrity of your facial structure as you age. Dental implants are an excellent investment in your oral health and overall beauty and wellness.
If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, look no further than the office of Dr. Ruiz. For more information on our restorative services, please take a look around our website or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!