Everyone loves a beautiful smile that shows perfectly aligned, white teeth, but for many people the struggles that come with lost teeth is very painful and can be emotionally devastating.
Others pay attention to the way you smile and how your teeth look when you speak, so when one tooth or several teeth are missing, it can make you self-conscious and even affect your interactions with people.
People lose teeth for many reasons, including trauma, gum disease, or periodontal disease. Diseases such as diabetes and cancer can also cause tooth loss. That's the bad news. The good news is that there is hope in the form of new technology.
Advances in dentistry make it possible for people who struggle with lost teeth to regain their confidence and have the beautiful smile they want. There are several options you can discuss with us.
Dentures are removable pieces for spaces where your teeth used to be, and they are the most common way to replace lost teeth. There are two kinds of dentures. Acrylic plastic dentures that are placed directly on the gums and metal dentures that are supported by existing teeth.
You can also choose from partial dentures - used when some teeth remain - and complete dentures -where all the teeth are missing. One of the worst side effects of dentures is that they can affect the way food tastes because they cover the palate.
A dental bridge is anchored to adjacent teeth and bonded into the mouth. Bridges can make the adjacent teeth weaker because of the pressure and stress they're under.
Implants function and look like real teeth. They are the only way to replace an entire tooth and root. A titanium support replaces the root and it can serve to replace one or more missing teeth.
If you want to discuss the struggles that come with lost teeth, please give us a call and we can figure out what options you have.
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