If you want to improve your look in an instant, you can always smile. This simple and instantaneous way to improve your appearance has served as motivation for a number of individuals to seek cosmetic dentistry. This branch of dentistry involves all treatments which are aimed towards improving the appearance of your smile by correcting the flaws of each individual tooth. While this does not seem like much a problem, the dilemma is when you’ve lost a tooth. What do you do then?
Below are the three common options which you have to replacing lost teeth, and their pros and cons:
This option is probably the most common of all the different types of options but not exactly for the right reasons. Dentures bring back images of a glass full of water with a pair of (you guessed it!) dentures. However, dentures have become so much more realistic throughout the years and their durability have also increased with the help of technology. The only problem with dentures is that, on their own, they can be rather difficult to secure especially since they only rely on the natural suction created by the gums and the former. However, with the help of dental implants, dentures can be permanently attached.
When you’ve lost just one or two teeth, getting dentures may not seem like such a rational idea especially since dentures often come in the form of complete dentures, which replace the entire set of teeth. Dental bridges, on the other hand, replace just a couple of missing teeth, and are held into place by placing a crown over the adjacent natural tooth. Because of the manner that dental bridges are kept in place, they aren’t kept that securely and the neighboring teeth would have to be damaged in order for the dental crown to be placed over them.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the gold standard and for the reason that these dental prosthetics are secured in the same way that natural teeth are. A titanium rod is buried deep within the gums and jawbones, securing it at the same time with the help of osseointegration, which is the process of the titanium rod combining with the neighboring bone tissues. Once the titanium rod has completed the process of osseointegration, and the stitched gum flap has healed, a porcelain crown is then placed over the rod.