It is usually a good idea to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to keep your mouth healthy and prevent further tooth structure loss. Our Parksville dentists can offer you a variety of options for replacing missing teeth, and you and your dentist will collaborate to determine which option is best for you.
Do I need to replace my missing teeth?
When teeth fall out, they can lead to a variety of oral health issues if left untreated. Because the remaining teeth can shift out of place, discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and bite misalignment are all possibilities.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you visit our Parksville dental office, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and help you choose the one that best meets your needs while remaining within your financial budget.
Dentures are removable tooth replacements. It may take some getting used to, and the results will never be identical to having your natural teeth. Modern dentures, on the other hand, are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and highly functional, and they are typically the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth.
You can choose between two types of dentures, depending on your needs. Full dentures are intended to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire row of teeth. Your dentures will be made specifically for you based on the impressions taken of your mouth.
A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement that is attached to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth gap. Dental bridges are non-removable, providing the patient with a secure and comfortable fit. Your dental bridge will last for many years after it is installed before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
Except for the colour, the dental implant and crown combination has the appearance, feel, and function of a natural tooth. While implants are more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people believe that the natural appearance and feel they provide are worth the investment.