Missing Teeth Replacement Procedures

If you were so unfortunate enough to lose a tooth or teeth along the way, it is important for your general health to have teeth replaced. Missing teeth not only affect your ability to chew food, but could also affect your speech and self-confidence. You should also consider having missing teeth replaced as soon as possible before other teeth shift out of place.

Once your experienced dentist in Delta, BC replaces your missing tooth, you will realize how your speech was affected, and eating will be a much pleasanter experience again.

There are a few different options to consider when you are thinking of replacing missing teeth. It is not only about which procedure would suit your pocket best, but also what would suit your requirements best.

There are three basic procedures you could look into:

Dental Implants

dental implants

While there are a few options or possible procedures to replace teeth, the most popular and successful are dental implants. Dental implants have a success rate of 95%. The implants are a long-lasting and natural looking replacement for teeth that actually becomes part of the jawbone. The titanium implants fuse with the living bone, and it’s just like having a normal tooth again. The procedure has been perfected since the 1970’s.

Any tooth consists of two parts: the crown and the root. The crown is the part of the tooth that sticks out above the gum line. The root of the implant is fixed to the jawbone. Then the crown is made to fit and blend in with other teeth and gets attached to the implanted root.

A dental implant is done under local anesthetic by a specialist dentist. The most uncomfortable part is vibration that can be felt in the jaw. The procedure of planting the root doesn’t take long. However, once the implant is placed in the jawbone, there is a waiting period of two to four months before a crown can be placed on the root implant. It has to fuse to the jawbone first.

To decide if implants are the best way for you to go, speak to your dentist. Not everyone can have implants because adequate bone must be available for an implant to be placed. Your dentist will be able to tell you if it is a sound option for you, and will refer you to a specialist should they not have the necessary skill and qualification to do the procedure.

Fixed Bridges

Another option to replace missing teeth is fixed bridges, and is mostly used when more than one tooth needs to be replaced in one part of the mouth. The fixed bridge is fixed or cemented to other teeth by the dentist. It takes more than one visit to finalize the procedure. On the first visit, the dentist prepares the teeth next to the gap to become the anchors for the bridge.

Fixed bridges feel like natural teeth and cost less than implants. Unfortunately, they affect the teeth next to them, and it takes effort to clean under the pontic (false tooth).

Removable Partial Denture

Partial dentures can easily be taken out and cleaned, and should preferably not be worn 24 hours a day. Most dentists would recommend they be taken out at night when you sleep. Partial dentures have false teeth attached to the base. There is usually some metal clasp involved that attaches to the natural teeth.

This option is less expensive than the implants or the fixed bridges, and is also easier to repair, or fix. They might break, or bend, or even get lost and might have to be replaced more often than the other options, but not if you take care of your partial dentures.

Decision

Replacing lost teeth may be even more important than you realized, and you should give it some thought and consider all your options. Your dentist will consult with your wellbeing in mind and will help you to consider the options impartially.