Did you lose a tooth in 2016, or have to schedule an extraction? If so, you may be suffering from a variety of emotions, such as insecurity, frustration or even embarrassment about the incomplete smile you are now facing. Sadly, over time, incomplete smiles can begin to create additional problems, such as discomfort or inefficiency while chewing, misalignment of remaining teeth, and eventually even shrinkage of the jaw. Fortunately, modern dental prosthetics, like dental bridges, can help to complete smiles after tooth loss. That means that you can address your tooth loss with great and confidence-inducing results!
Is A Denture Right for You?
Dentures, both partial and full, are among the most popular forms of dental prostheses, and with good reason. Dentures are made to look natural and feel comfortable, and they can often be crafted quickly and placed simply. Most dentures can be held temporarily in place with denture adhesives, too.
That said, many patients find that dentures are not as secure as they would like, particularly while chewing. For these patients, the dentist might recommend a more secure option, like a dental bridge or a dental implant.
When Are Dental Bridges or Dental Implants the Answer?
Dental bridges are a great alternative to unsupported dentures, and that is because they use dental crowns affixed to remaining teeth, to help hold a prostheses properly in place. In doing so, a bridge helps to complete the smile cosmetically while also improving its function.
Dental implants help to offer even more security than bridges, because they use a surgically placed piece to mimic a healthy tooth root. This piece offers the most stability, of any prostheses, while also helping to nourish the jaw the way a healthy tooth root does.