The prospect of a new set of teeth can be equally exciting as it is daunting. There are various options available to use, so whether you need a couple of teeth replaced, or the whole set, there’s bound to be the perfect treatment for you. In this article, we will explore tooth replacement, and how to find the best option for you.
What are the causes of tooth loss?
The main reasons behind tooth loss are tooth decay, gum disease or physical damage. These all require a different amount of treatment to resolve.
Tooth decay is the process of excess food and bacteria building up on the teeth, forming an acidic substance, eroding the teeth and causing cavities.
Gum disease is the product of plaque forming on the teeth and gum line excessively. This can lead to swollen or inflamed gums, and eventually bone loss.
Physical damage is most often caused by sporting injuries, and vary in the extent of damage depending on the injury.
What options available for replacing multiple teeth?
Dental implants are effectively replacement tooth roots, which are placed and fused with the jawbone. These are excellent for replacing singular teeth, but aren’t as effective when tasked with replacing multiple.
Dental implants do have the benefit of looking very natural, accompanied with a natural feel to them as well. A single dental implant can last for years, with little to no maintenance involved.
You should keep in mind, however, that dental implants do require surgery and will cost more than bridges or dentures, on average.
An alternative treatment for missing teeth could be dental bridges. These usually come in two different forms, a fixed bridge and a resin retained bridge.
A fixed bridge allows for the gap between teeth to be bridged, through placing an implant and then fixing a customised bride over where the missing tooth once was.
This process does take a few months to complete, but the end result will feel and function just like natural teeth. This is a less costly alternative to dental bridges, and requires little maintenance when fitted.
Resin retained bridges are usually more of a viable option if you need your front teeth replacing. The resin retained bridges attach to the natural remaining teeth either side of the missing front teeth. These are less invasive than fixed bridges, and are also much less expensive.
Much like the bridges, there are two common forms of dentures which can be used to supplement your natural teeth. These options are the removable partial dentures and the removable complete denture:
*Removable partial dentures
This denture is designed to replace teeth from a small section in your mouth, to allow the mouth to function as normal. These dentures are cost effective, and do allow for a better chewing experience, however, they are much less durable than implants or bridges, and are prone to becoming more and more uncomfortable after prolonged use.
However, they are probably the cheapest replacement option for teeth and can be easily repaired if needed to.
*Removable complete dentures
This final option allows for the complete replacement of all your teeth. The removable complete denture will take several months to complete and be fitted, but it is a very study, functional and natural looking solution to missing teeth. However, you should bear in mind that the dentures aren’t designed to be worn 24/7 and can become uncomfortable if worn for too long.
If you are looking dental treatment, such as dentures and dental implants in Malvern, Ascent Dental Care Malvern can offer a tailored and supportive service, and offer the best treatment for you. Why not look at our testimonials page to see what our patients have said about our care!