15 Mar 2015

Cosmetic Dentistry Helps with Missing Teeth

Teeth can be lost through various ways—cavities, as part of aging, or accidents. A lost tooth can be problematic both for cosmetic and functional reasons; you’d be embarrassed to smile and chewing can be difficult. Thankfully, there are effective dental solutions available for those with missing teeth.

Cosmetic dentists can either replace your teeth with a dental implant, a bridge, or a denture. Dentures are the simplest option; a dentist creates an impression of your mouth and uses it to create a framework that supports the artificial teeth. These dentures can either be partial replacements or a complete replacement of an entire set of teeth. Although dentures are affordable and removable (considered as benefits by many), they do call for considerable maintenance and have a tendency to awkward pop out, especially if they don’t fit a person well.

Bridges are a step up from dentures, however, they can be limited in their use. This is because they require the missing teeth or tooth to be between two existing teeth; bridges use these teeth to support the false teeth. The existing teeth are capped with dental crowns that are attached to the replacement teeth, allowing for a more uniform appearance and stability.

Finally, dental implants provide a full replacement to missing teeth. It is done by implanting a metal support into your jaw where a dental crown will be placed. This option provides the most natural-looking and durable tooth replacement available.


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