Whether it is due to extensive cavities, advanced gum disease, trauma or injuries, missing teeth can be extremely embarrassing and frustrating as they can affect the overall appearance of your face and smile. Do you experience eating / chewing difficulties, speech problems and even feel uncomfortable talking to strangers? Not anymore!
Modern cosmetic dentistry techniques can give you a smile that you'll be proud to flash it at every opportunity, without hesitation.
What Can Cause Tooth Loss?
As children we all experience tooth loss, and a missing tooth might look cute on young children. For adults, however, going toothless is not exactly aesthetically pleasing; it can damage their self-esteem and lead to a host of progressive dental problems. Once lost, the adult teeth are never formed or descended.
Gum disease is the leading cause of missing teeth in adults, with an estimated 4% -12% of US adults affected with advanced gum disease, as suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Development.
Adults may also experience tooth loss or extraction due to dental problems, trauma or injury. A gap between teeth can occur naturally or when teeth have been lost. If let untreated, these gaps and open spaces may deteriorate gums and cause possible damage to adjoining teeth. The gaps between the teeth may cause other teeth to drift and tip into unoccupied areas.
Thankfully, a variety of cosmetic dental solutions are now available to replace those agonizing missing teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions to Replace Missing Teeth
Cosmetic dentistry is a subsection of general dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and smile, producing both functional and aesthetically pleasing results.
Some of the popular cosmetic procedures include:
Dentures have long been considered a true method for tooth replacement. With modern advances in technology, designs and materials, dentures are now more comfortable than before, significantly improving the patient's chewing ability and efficiently correcting the 'collapsed' appearance between the nose and the chin commonly seen in toothless people.
There are two main types of dentures:
Complete Dentures- A complete set of dentures is used when all natural teeth of the patient, both in maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) arch, are missed. This form of dentures is made of prefab acrylic. A full set of fake teeth fit into a custom-made acrylic base that ensures full adaptation to the user's jaws and fits over the gums.
Partial Dentures- Partials are used when a few teeth are missing. They are tooth-supported, meaning they are held in place by existing teeth. Therefore, it is essential that your surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support the partial dentures. The procedure involves the dentist to attach one or several crowns to a metal frame, which then clasps onto adjacent teeth for support.
Flippers- These are removable plastic teeth that are designed for temporary use.
Fixed Dental Bridges- These are fixed dental devices . Seen as a permanent solution to missing teeth, a dental bridge uses a series of dental crowns to replace one or several teeth in a row. In this procedure, the dentist trims down the neighboring teeth and take a mold.
Implants- Dental implants are the popular way to treat missing teeth. They may be an ideal solution to restore the function of your teeth and improve oral health. This method involves the surgical placement of a tiny titanium rod, called 'root', onto the jawbone. This rod fuses with the jawbone and serves as the anchor for prosthetic teeth. Implanted teeth give a very natural feeling and look and function like your natural teeth. However ever,
Although dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth but just having missing teeth does not automatically make you eligible for dental implants. You must meet certain health requirements and have sufficient quantity and quality of jaw bone to provide a foundation for a replacement tooth.