Do you remember the excitement you felt the first time you lost a tooth as a child? You were likely anxious to tell everyone you knew about reaching such an important rite of passage. Of course, you might have also been excited about the arrival of the Tooth Fairy. Unfortunately, as an adult the emotions one experiences with tooth loss are rarely celebratory. In most cases, they are a mixture of frustration, embarrassment and concern. Dental prostheses like dental implants make it possible to rebound from that loss, though, with beautiful and comfortable results. So you can smile confidently again, and just as importantly chew comfortably.
What Prosthetic Options Are Currently Available?
While dentures are one of the most common ways of addressing tooth loss, for many patients dental bridges and dental implants are more secure and therefore more appealing options. That’s because they are both able to provide more stability than unsupported dentures.
Dental bridges do this by using crowns affixed to remaining teeth to help hold a prostheses like a partial denture in place. Dental implants use a biocompatible piece to mimic the role of a healthy tooth root. These are placed through oral surgery, during which a dentist can place the mimic root into the jaw, where soft tissues can grow right around it, creating a firm and stable base to which a fake tooth can be attached.
Update an Ill-fitting Prostheses
Even if you already have a prostheses, like an unsupported denture, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for it, if it doesn’t feel comfortable or inspire confidence when you chew. Both dental implants and dental bridges can both be used to update ill-fitting prostheses, to create better stability.
Want to Complete Your Smile Securely?
Prosthetic dentistry exists to help patients rebound from tooth loss with beautiful and functional smiles. You can call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your prosthetic consultation.