As a child, losing a tooth can feel exhilarating. After all, it is an important rite of passage. Unfortunately, for adults, the loss of a tooth can cause feelings of anxiety and frustration. How will the smile function, now? How will it look? In fact, have you been struggling to enjoy your meals ever since you suffered tooth loss? If so, now is the time to talk to your restorative dentist about how a modern prostheses could help improve the look and feel of your smile. That way you can get back to far more important things than worrying about your incomplete smile, like enjoying your life.
Dentures Are One Fast Solution
Unsupported partial or full dentures are a fast way to help complete one’s smile. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several, or even an entire arch of teeth. Unfortunately, many patients find that they can shift uncomfortably during chewing. Denture adhesives can be used to help hold them temporarily in place. However, for more prolonged security and confidence, many dentists recommend dental bridges or dental implants.
Bridges and Implants Are More Secure Alternatives
Dental bridges are a great option for completing the smile, because they use crowns to help hold a replacement tooth securely in place. The porcelain crowns can be affixed to remaining teeth, or held in place using dental implants. Either way they help to keep the prostheses steady.
Dental implants are even more secure, though, because they involve surgically placing a mimic tooth root. This piece serves to function like a healthy tooth root, both in its stabilization of the prostheses and by supplying nutrients to the jaw as you chew.
Ready to Update Your Smile?
Are you looking to complete your smile, or to update an existing prostheses? If so, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517, to schedule a visit.