Are you feeling self conscious about your smile due to missing teeth? Have missing teeth taken the joy out of mealtime for you? Missing teeth can cause you to feel self conscious about your smile and can also make it difficult to chew and speak correctly. But did you know that a missing tooth or several missing teeth in your mouth can compromise the health of your remaining teeth? This is because spaces left by missing teeth leave a place where bacteria can become trapped and this can lead to periodontal disease. Also, when a tooth is missing, the teeth in the mouth will shift to fill the space and this can lead to bite problems. Lastly, missing teeth can lead to irreversible bone loss in the jaw.
For all of the reasons listed above, it is very important to replace missing teeth. There are a variety of different methods that can be used to replace missing teeth including dentures, a partial denture, a bridge and dental implant supported crowns, bridges or dentures. Your dentist can recommend the best method for you, taking into consideration your lifestyle, your medical history and your budget.
There is no question that dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, this option is also the most expensive option of all tooth replacement solutions. Dental implants provide a fixed, long-term solution to missing teeth that provide for replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. They also allow for replacement teeth that function like natural teeth. For this reason, many patients choose to invest in this more expensive treatment.
Dental implants can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth, or to add stability to your dentures. The process involves attaching titanium screws permanently to the jawbone and then topping them with a crown or attachment. Most patients with missing teeth are candidates for this advanced and highly effective tooth replacement system.
If missing teeth are destroying your confidence and negatively affecting you quality of life, talk to your dentist about dental implants today.
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