The Right Kind of Tooth Replacement
All right, we admit it – that title’s a little bit of a trick. When it comes to restorative dentistry, there’s no “right” or “wrong” answer. Each patient has a unique, individual treatment plan that fits his or her needs.
That said, before getting started, you’ll benefit from a little research into what might be best for your mouth. There are a few things to consider that will help you find appropriate dental work – and understand why it’s the right bet. Read on for a little restorative dentistry FAQ, and get going on your own tooth replacement. Remember: when it comes to a missing tooth, the faster you restore it, the better for your health (and happiness).
What might be appropriate for my missing teeth?
The only way to know the answer to this question is through a restorative consultation with our Elkhart dentist. But you can ponder a few things ahead of time so that your appointment is rewarding, and your research thorough:
- What kind of investment are you willing to make? When we say “investment,” we’re talking about time, money, and energy. In general, the more rewarding restorations require a more significant patient commitment. How serious are you about restorative treatment?
- Do you have dental anxiety? If you get nervous in the dental chair, then you’re probably interested in less invasive measures. At the same time, we do offer dental sedation to help you feel calm and collected during procedures.
- Are you looking for fixed or removable restorations? Would you like your replacement tooth/teeth to remain in place, or would you prefer to remove them for easy cleaning? Knowing the answer to this will help you move forward.
- How long have you been missing teeth? If the loss was recent, then restoring the tooth will actually be simpler. If it’s been several (or more) years, some preparatory work may be necessary before the restorations can be placed.
I have a single missing tooth. What are my options?
When missing a single tooth, the most commonly recommended treatment option is a bridge. This structure fits dental crowns over remaining adjacent teeth, fitting a false tooth (“pontic”) into the gap. By drawing on the strength of those natural teeth, the bridge keeps a replacement tooth in place.
If you’re interested in replacing a tooth without weakening neighboring ones, then you may be interested in a dental implant paired with a crown.
How do dental implants work?
Implants are placed in the jaw bone, where they form strong bonds with the bone tissue. As the implants heal, they become a secure part of your jaw. Once they’re ready, a variety of restorations can be attached to replace the missing crowns of teeth. Implants work with crowns, dentures, bridges, and partials.
I’ve heard that dentures can be ill-fitting and loose. How do I make sure mine are effective?
There have been amazing advancements in denture technology in recent decades. Today’s fitting and fabrication methods lead to impeccably made, well-fitting dentures. The materials used will also look incredibly natural, and work with your own skin tone. As an added benefit, most modern dentures are bacteria-repellant, to keep your gums and mouth healthy and clean.
If you’d like to take your dentures to the next level, we recommend getting dental implants. Your dentures will fit neatly over the implants, which will anchor your tooth replacements in place against the gum line.
Intrigued by any part of this blog post? We’d love to tell you more about your treatment options. Simply contact our Elkhart IN practice.