Sometimes, when an adult loses a tooth, it can feel like life has stopped in its track. Dealing with an incomplete smile can be frustrating, to say the least. Suddenly things that once came easily, like sharing a meal with family, can feel far more difficult. And activities that were once fun, like having a coffee break with your coworkers, can feel scary. But, your life doesn’t have to feel stopped at a red light. A prosthetic dentist can help restore your smile, and provide you with a much-needed boost of confidence, so you can get your life back on track. So, whether you choose a denture or a dental implant, it’s important to explore your prosthetic dentistry options!
What Options Are Available?
There are a number of treatment options available to help patients cope with tooth loss. They vary in cost and time for treatment, but also in their permanency. For instance, dentures, both complete and full, are made to be easily removed. They are also one of the least inexpensive options available for treating tooth loss.
But for patients that want more stability, there are dental bridges, which use dental crowns to help hold a replacement tooth or teeth in place.
Dental implants take this security a step farther, though, by anchoring a replacement tooth with a permanent titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw. This makes them ideal for patients who want to chew confidently, without worry their prosthetic will move or even fall out.
How Should You Choose?
If your primary concerns are esthetic, you may favor the use of a dental crown, either as part of a bridge or implant. That’s because dental crowns can be made to match existing teeth, closely, creating a nearly seamless way to complete a smile.
On the other hand, if you’ve lost most of your teeth, either on top or bottom, you may prefer the ease of a complete set of dentures.
Scheduling a consultation with your prosthetic dentist is the best way to determine which is best for you, based on where your missing teeth are, your time for treatment, how much you can afford, and your overall goals for your smile.