What are The Teeth Replacement Options?

What are The Teeth Replacement Options?

Apr 01, 2022

Teeth are important. A healthy smile is something everyone wants, and you need beautiful teeth to showcase the smile. Apart from the aesthetic value, teeth are important to chew the food and to talk distinctly. A hygienic oral cavity also stimulates good overall health.

Tooth decay is a common dental ailment affecting 92 percent of adults aged between 20 and 64 as per the latest report of The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In America, only half of the adult population have all their permanent teeth. Two-thirds of the adults aged between 40 and 64 lack at least one permanent tooth. Around 19 percent of the American population above 65 years have lost all their permanent teeth and are edentulous.

There are several teeth replacement options, and the dentist can guide you on the option best suited for you. There are several dental ailments; some might be dental emergencies, while the rest can be treated by dentists. You need to understand when is teeth replacement necessary and can visit the dental clinic accordingly. Some of the teeth replacement options are

Dental Implant

Dental implants are the most widely used option to replace lost teeth. A dental implant procedure is an invasive treatment and can take months to complete the procedure. The recovery time is also long, but the success rate is very high.

The orthodontist surgeon surgically places the metal post in the jawbones. Generally, titanium or zirconium is used in the metal post that integrates with the jaws in due time. Once the metal post is fixed on the jaws, a screw-like structure called an abutment is placed on the post. The crown or artificial teeth are placed on the abutment.

Dental implants are permanent and are independently placed in the jaws without affecting the adjacent teeth. The crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic and resemble natural teeth. Implants require minimal maintenance and regular brushing is enough to clean the implants. Implants have a long lifespan making them cost-effective.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental bridges are an option to replace missing teeth and can be used by those who shy away from surgeries. Dental bridges are false teeth that cover dental gaps and are held in place by abutment. Bridges generally need the support of adjacent teeth. Based on their position bridges can be traditional or cantilevers.

Traditional bridges are the most common and are formed with false teeth and held in place by two adjacent teeth on either side of the dental gap.  A cantilever dental bridge finds application when only one tooth is available on either side of the dental gap.

Implant-supported Dentures

As the name suggests, these dentures are connected to implants and unlike regular dentures, they provide better support. The orthodontist surgically places a minimum of two implants on the jawbone, which further supports the dentures. The process is completed by fixing the prostheses of crowns on the denture.

Implant-supported dentures are effective and give the impression of real teeth. They can perform all the tasks of natural teeth and enhance oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing can help to maintain dentures.

Partial Dentures

Missing teeth can dent your confidence and with partial dentures, you can bring back the lost smile without affecting the remaining teeth. Partial dentures are custom-made and fabricated from nylon or pink acrylic.

The artificial teeth mostly made from ceramics are placed at the base of the artificial gum and placed over the dental gaps. Partial dentures require clasps to prevent them from slipping and the clasps can be visible when you smile. Partial dentures are non-invasive and are less expensive than other procedures.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures replace all the teeth of the jaw, and unlike partial dentures, the complete denture is an issue-supported prosthesis. Compete dentures improve the appearance significantly and prevent the appearance from being sullen. They restore the facial dimension that can be affected due to the loss of all teeth from a jaw.

All the teeth replacement processes need a regular visit to the dentist. Wang and Cortes Dental can be your Tampa Dental Clinic. Our practice specializes in many different areas across restorative, emergency, and cosmetic dentistry. Our experienced and expert dentists have taken care of patients over years and you may book an appointment to avail of our services.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive dental care in Tampa, and we are accepting patients across the neighborhood including: