Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can be a traumatic experience for many patients and dental teams understand that their patients want to feel comfortable and confident when they smile or eat, or even in their daily life.
So, what does that mean in relation to dental restoration?
Have you recently lost a tooth due to decay or injury? Are you experiencing discomfort while eating or speaking? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Tooth loss is a common dental problem that affects millions of people worldwide. However, it’s essential to replace your missing tooth as soon as possible to avoid complications. Ignoring the problem can lead to issues like bone loss, gum disease, and even further tooth loss. At most dental clinics, there are a range of services to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
But the options will vary based on the location of the missing tooth, the number of missing teeth, and your overall dental health. And so, this article looks at the different options that are available.
Dental implants Herefordshire are a permanent and most complete solution to replace missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post that serves as the root of the tooth, a connector that attaches to the post, and a dental crown that sits on top of the connector. Oral implants are an excellent choice for patients who want a long-lasting and natural-looking replacement for their missing teeth. They provide stability and support for adjacent teeth, preventing bone loss and gum recession. Most cosmetic dental clinics are able to offer oral implants, and can even offer you payment plans to help you spread the cost.
Partial dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace one or several missing teeth. They consist of a metal framework and a gum-coloured acrylic base, which holds the artificial teeth in place. Partial dentures are an affordable and non-invasive way to replace missing teeth. They are easy to keep clean and maintain, making them a popular choice for many patients.
While you may be worried about partial dentures, they will be fitted to your gum line using a dental mould, or even an intraoral scan depending on the surgery that you go to. So, they will fit, but you will need to have the fit assessed at regular intervals, to ensure that your gum line is not receding and that the denture is not pinching or causing sores.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. They consist of two crowns that anchor to the adjacent healthy teeth and a pontic, which fills the gap between them. Dental bridges are a popular option for patients who prefer a non-removable solution to replace their missing teeth. They are made of high-quality materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, which mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.
Much like the dentures, these will be created using a mould or scan, and will usually be attached to the nearest natural teeth.