It’s more common for people to be missing teeth than you might think. About 36 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth, while about 120 million are missing at least one tooth. It’s difficult to go through life while missing teeth, not just in terms of embarrassment, but functionality as well. It’s hard for people to function as they should without a full set of teeth. Fortunately, there are options available in terms of tooth replacement, and these options are steadily growing as we head into the new year.
Let’s look into the most well-known option for missing teeth first. Dentures come in two forms: partial dentures, which replace some teeth, and complete dentures, which replace all of the teeth. Dentures are removable, and therefore can be taken in and out of the mouth quickly and easily. Custom-made based on a mold of your mouth, they are based on pink acrylic or nylon, which is meant to mimic your gums. Dentures are simple and often cost-efficient, but sometimes not favored due to a lack of realism and functionality.
2. Dental Implants
Perhaps some of the best options for those seeking teeth replacements are dental implants. Dental implants are meant to replace a limited amount of missing teeth, and they are integrated with your actual bone. The implants themselves are really replacing the root of your teeth, made of titanium and offering a high rate of success. These replacements are permanent, requiring less maintenance, looking more realistic, and functioning far better than dentures in some cases. You certainly won’t have to worry about your dental implants falling out.
3. Dental Bridge
If you aren’t sure about dentures or dental implants, you may want to consider a dental bridge. Dental bridges rely on crowns affixed to the teeth surrounding the gap. These crowns will hold the false tooth in place in that gap. Generally speaking, dental bridges will be sturdier and more functional than dentures, but they won’t be as permanent as dental implants, lasting anywhere from five to seven years. Additionally, dental bridges can be more visually noticeable, which makes them less than ideal for missing front teeth.
Speak to one of our dentists about which option may be best for you.