When you lose a tooth, whether it was through an injury, tooth decay, gum disease or a genetic condition, it is beneficial that you replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Today’s technology provides many treatment options for anyone that is looking to replace a missing tooth. Our Cinnaminson dentist, Maestro Smiles would like to discuss some of the options available when it comes to getting missing teeth replacements.
Missing Teeth Replacements
Losing a tooth can lead to nearby teeth shifting into the vacant space. This separation between the teeth can lead to tooth decay as food can easily get stuck in between these spaces and also cause periodontal disease. These areas can be very hard to clean even for a dentist. Spaces between your teeth can compromise the overall strength of your teeth as chewing motions put a lot of force on each tooth. The longer a person waits to receive treatment, the more complex and expensive the treatment can be.
Dental Implants are a good option for somebody looking to replace a single tooth, it is also a good option for patients missing teeth in different parts of the mouth. This treatment requires surgery to mount a titanium metal post within the lower or upper jaw. After mounting the titanium post, a replacement tooth is mounted. This provides a natural look and this type of implant can last for decades. The only downside of this treatment is that the cost can be quite high. Single-tooth implant treatments can cost between $3,000 to $6,000.
Other treatment options like a fixed dental bridge can be effective if you are missing one or more teeth in the same part of the mouth. A dental prosthetic is used to fill in the gap by bonding the bridge to an adjacent tooth. Fixed bridges provide a natural look while improving the appearance of your natural teeth, especially the teeth next to the bridge. Dental bridges are normally cheaper than dental implants and prices can range between $3,000 to 5,000.
Another option we would like to discuss is the use of removable dentures. They can be used to replace all teeth or to replace some of your missing teeth. This dental appliance is built by attaching replacement teeth to a pink base. The base is mounted with clasps to the adjacent teeth. Partial dental appliances feel and look natural in the mouth. They are also affordable and less expensive to repair or replace if lost.
Your teeth are designed to work together, so missing one or more teeth can impact how you speak or eat. Missing teeth can also affect jaw alignment and can create imbalanced facial muscles. Other problems that may arise from missing teeth are teeth grinding, sensitive teeth and difficulty chewing.
If you are missing teeth because of gum disease or an injury, we recommend that you get them replaced as soon as possible. Remember the longer you wait, the more complicated the treatment will be. For more information on our services, please visit the following link https://www.maestrosmiles.com/
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