Teeth are very important in speaking, chewing, and in having a captivating smile. Every tooth has its function and missing one or more can have its effect on speaking and chewing as well as in the appearance and smile of a person. Missing teeth can make drastic changes and fortunately for everyone who has missing teeth, today's dental advancement solutions are available to help replace or fill the missing teeth.
A dental implant is one of the solutions for missing teeth. It is made and created to replace a missing tooth and to function and look like it is natural. A dental implant is safe to say the closest option to having a natural tooth because it is not removable and it functions like a natural tooth that can be used for chewing without having discomfort and worries that it will break or slip. Dental implants can last a lifetime if taken good care of. A person who wants to have a dental implant should have healthy gums as well as enough bone because the bone will hold the implant.
A bridge is another option to fill a missing tooth or teeth. Like what the name implies a bridge is used to bridge the gap and fill the missing tooth. Just like dental implants, a bridge is not removable. The four types of dental bridges are the traditional dental bridge, cantilever dental bridge, Maryland dental bridge, and an implant-supported dental bridge. A dental bridge is another option besides dental implants for people with missing teeth who don't want a removable solution.
There is a removable partial denture and there is a complete removable denture. A removable partial denture is made to replace one or more missing teeth. It commonly comes with metal clasps so that the denture will stay in its place. A complete denture fills or replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. A denture is less expensive than dental implants and bridges. A denture can do the job of bringing back a beautiful smile with complete teeth. It is aesthetic as well as functional however chewing is much more difficult and challenging with dentures than with dental implants and bridge because dentures are not fixed and they are removable.
If you have missing teeth and are looking for a solution to have them replaced so you can have a complete set of teeth again, go to the dentist to discuss the options available for you. You can tell your dentist what you want to achieve or be able to do with your teeth replacement. If you just want a replacement for your missing teeth so you can have complete teeth for a confident smile again and you don't want to spend too much money, your dentist might recommend dentures for you. On the other hand, if what you want is more secured teeth replacement that is not removable, has no risk of falling or slipping while you speak, and doesn't move while you chew, your dentist will let you know which is applicable and best for you between dental implant and bridge.