Missing teeth can cause a number of inconveniences and issues if not treated. Chewing can be difficult, other teeth may begin to shift because of the open gap, and the adjacent teeth can become more susceptible to cavities and other problems. So what can you do?
3 Ways to Address Missing Teeth
- A Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a common fix if you’re missing several teeth. Your dentist will trim down the surrounding teeth and takes an impression, and then have the laboratory make a bridge out of a selected material. Once completed, the bridge is fitted over the surrounding teeth and cemented into place. The entire process usually takes several weeks and a total of a couple of hours in the dental chair. A dental bridge is comfortable enough that to most people, it feels like their own teeth.
- A Partial Denture
A partial denture is a removable device commonly referred to as a prosthesis. Its main advantages are the ease of procedure, and the relatively low cost. It may not feel as natural in your mouth as other options and takes a little getting used to.
- A Dental Implant
Dental implants are an increasingly popular option today. It involves implanting a small (1-1.5cm) titanium rod into your jawbone, which will serve as the “root” of the new tooth. Once the implant heals within your bone, a tooth can be attached to it. Implants generally feel like your natural teeth, and are the most aesthetically pleasing option.
Your choice will probably depend on which options your insurance will cover and the results you’re after. No matter which solution you choose, the most important thing is that you fill the gaps from your missing teeth so that you can avoid further complications. Your dentist can advise you on the best solution based on your specific needs.