A little known fact about teeth is that the average Amercian does not make it past 50 with all of their teeth, with 12% missing one or more of the 32 by this age. This is mostly due to decay, illness, and wounds. This loss of teeth not only influences your smile, but can also affect your bite and jaw alignment, which is why it is extremely important to seek a dentist if you are missing teeth.
There is no reason that people should be suffering without teeth. Prosthetic dentistry has made tremendous progress in this area. The gaps left behind by missing teeth can now be made more functional and attractive than the teeth they are actually replacing! This is made possible by using implants and bridges. The best thing for your oral health is to substitute a dental implant for each missing tooth, since implants are the closest thing to a normal tooth, and sometimes become non-differential.
There are a couple different options in terms of tooth replacement prosthetics that Kwon & Jabbour Dental are experts at and can provide to their patients:
- Dental implants–Dental implants are intended to substitute a natural tooth root by artificially being inserted into the crown, bridge, or tooth denture in the jawbone. These can be the best way to solve an injury, periodontal disease or other oral health issue for individuals lacking one or more teeth.
- Permanent bridging-This is the most popular option for tooth replacements, especially when only one single tooth is missing. This is a tooth supported fixed bridge, or a type of permanent bridge. It is a fixed bridge, with a tooth support comprised of two crowns that are usually fitted on either side of the tooth gap. The crowns are connected to the substitute teeth, known as paps. This bridge type is usually cemented. A mixture of these components can be produced of several distinct materials, such as gold, precious metal alloys or porcelain.
- Removable Partial Prophysiotics-This method is used when one or more missing teeth in the same arch needs to be replaced by one removable partial prosthesis. The tooth itself is comprised of an acrylic foundation, often reinforced by a chrome-metal structure of the cobalt. It often has metal clasps which fit your teeth and hold the tooth strongly, but still make it easy to remove. Some are made of flexible nylon fabric and have clasps in the mouth made of gum-colored nylon.
- Removable Full Prosthesis–Removable complete prosthesis rests on the gums and is a cheap, non-invasive alternative to dental implant therapy. The prosthesis (or denture) consists of a base of acrylic gum, to which teeth are joined.
Many of these alternatives can be altered or paired to provide a truly distinctive restoration, in order to customize your therapy. For instance, both continuous and removable pathways, protheses and partials, as well as dental implants, can be mounted on natural teeth. Your tooth replacements will be made with the greatest durability and esthetic appeal of porcelain, acrylics and metal alloys.