No one likes to have missing teeth. Not only is there a gap that makes it impossible to sport a broad smile, but also the lack of mastication which can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
But losing teeth is a fact of life. By age 50, most have lost at least a couple of cavities. In case of an accident, the loss might be more.
What can you do about tooth replacement? We take a look at the options available.
This is the best option if you have a missing tooth or two. The treatment produces results that are closest to natural teeth.
A dental implant has several parts. The most important is the actual implant which acts as an anchor. What is necessary is sufficient jaw bone density.
If that is available, the dentist drills into it and fixes a screw made of titanium. It is non-corrosive and does not cause allergies.
The bone is allowed to heal. As it repairs, the bone tissue firmly attaches itself to the anchor.
The process can take a long while and some dentists allow up to six months, though the normal duration is half that.
When the anchor implant is firmly in place, an abutment is screwed on top of it. The last part is the crown which is placed on the abutment.
Any of the 28 teeth (apart from third molar or wisdom teeth) can be replaced with an implant. It is the best solution because the anchoring is from within the jaw, just as in normal teeth.
There are many variations of dental bridge and which is used depends entirely on the dentist.
The principle behind them is the same. A false tooth is attached to a structure that is fixed on both sides by a crown or some other means (even an implant in some cases).
Each artificial tooth is known as a pontic and resembles the original exactly.
A dental bridge does not require surgery, and there is no pain. The dentist would study the gap and the surrounding teeth. Thereafter, measurements would be made.
Most people don’t like dentures. They are seen as a sign of ageing, much like a cane.
But the fact remains that it is the cheapest way to replace teeth.
Every night, a denture has to be taken out, washed carefully, and placed in a glass of water.
The process of getting one is very simple. The dentist takes measurements with a mold on a soft soap-like substance.
The shape of the mold is accurately reproduced. The denture is attached to teeth with fasteners on either end.
Most dentures have a palate. It is this part that patients find uncomfortable.
The human bite force is 160 PSI. Compare it to normal water pressure in your home of about 40 PSI.
According to some estimates, the jaws can shut with a force of 30,000 pounds. That is indeed enormous pressure.
Artificial teeth have to cope with the structure undergoing tremendous pressure several hundred times a day for years. It is not easy, and therefore the latest techniques are better.
In the last case, there is not enough space inside the jaw for so many implants. Therefore, the ideal choice would depend on the affordability and the number of replacements.
You must never neglect your teeth. But in case there is a problem, get it treated at the earliest. At the very least, you save other teeth from damage.
Our prices are highly competitive and the team will go out of their way to ensure that you are fully satisfied.
Visit us or give us a call. Let us explain our services in greater detail and you will return home with a smile. We assure you of that.Back to Blog
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