Do I really need to replace my missing teeth?
Missing teeth don't only affect the appearance of your smile. When a tooth or several teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth can shift out of position, causing discomfort, difficulty chewing, and misalignment of the bite.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
At Lorette Dental Care, you can get an examination and consultation where your dentist will go over possible replacement options with you to help you determine which is best for you.
Dentures are removable tooth replacements. The procedure can take some getting used to, and the results will never be exactly the same as having your natural teeth. Modern dentures, on the other hand, are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and highly functional, and they are the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth in most cases.
Depending on your requirements, you can choose between two different types of dentures. Full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth in a row. Based on the impressions taken of your mouth, your dentures will be made specifically for you.
Dental bridges are fixed tooth replacements that are attached to implants in the gum and jaw.
This option is non-removable, resulting in a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. Following its installation, your dental bridge will last for many years before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
A dental implant combined with a crown has the same appearance and function of a normal tooth other than the colour. While implants tend to be more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people find that the natural look and feel they provide are worth the investment.