Teeth Replacement Options
If you are currently enduring tooth loss and have not taken the time to discuss replacement options with your dentist, you could be creating major issues for your oral health. Failing to care for missing teeth can develop complications such as gum disease or infections, jawbone deterioration, or changes in your facial structure. For these reasons, it is important to replace missing or damaged teeth as soon as possible.
When considering available treatments, here are the most popular options available:
Dentures are the most popular choice for tooth replacement because they have been around for centuries and come with an affordable price tag.
- Missing teeth can lead to other serious dental problems if left unaddressed.
- Dentures are a common choice to replace missing teeth where all teeth in the upper or lower arch are missing.
- Full or partial dental bridges are a good option for patients with one or more missing teeth on one side of an arch.
- Modern advances in dental implants now make it possible to permanently replace one or more missing teeth or even a full mouth of missing teeth.
- Dental implants can last for decades with proper care and good dental hygiene.
Dentures, Dental Bridges and Dental Implant Tooth Replacement Options
The challenge with dentures is that you must replace the entire arch, which could mean pulling healthy teeth. The set of artificial teeth is removable and secured to your gums with an adhesive. Once in place, you must avoid certain foods that can get caught in or under the arch and cause irritation or infections. You must also be careful when laughing, coughing, and even talking because the dentures can shift or even fall out, causing embarrassment.
Bridges are another popular option that has been in existence for centuries and are a standard solution for patients with missing teeth. When placing a bridge, Dr. Hogan will secure the new crown or artificial tooth to the adjoining teeth. The process creates a “bridge” that fills the gap and prevents your remaining teeth from shifting. Bridges can successfully replace up to four teeth.
They are more stable than dentures and do not require the removal of healthy teeth. However, the new tooth puts pressure on the adjoining teeth, which can wear them down, often resulting in more tooth loss.
Dental Implants are the newest technology used to replace missing teeth. They have the flexibility to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch. In addition to replacing the tooth, dental implants address the missing root. The new post supports the jawbone stimulating growth and tissue regeneration, allowing your bone and tissue to remain healthy for years to come.
To create the artificial root, Dr. Hogan “implants” a titanium rod that acts like the tooth root providing a permanent and stable solution with the look and feel of your natural teeth. Dental implants are the only alternative that addresses the need for a root to support the jawbone.
As a result, dental implants serve an important role in maintaining your oral health and providing a permanent solution to missing teeth. They are the most hygienic alternative to natural teeth and have similar cleaning and care regimens like brushing and flossing daily and regular dental visits. Be sure to read more about the proper care and maintenance of dental implants.
If you are unsure whether a dental bridge or dental implants may be the best option for you, be sure to read the blog, Is It Better to Get a Dental Bridge or Dental Implants.
What is the alternative to dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most popular options for replacing one or more missing teeth. In addition to implants, full or partial, fixed or removable bridges are a common treatment used to replace missing teeth between adjacent healthy teeth.
Who should not get dental implants?
Dental implants involves a surgical procedure to place the implant post under general anesthesia. For this reason, people who have difficulty with general anesthesia, or those with blood clotting issues, a suppressed or compromised immune system, have issues healing, have cancer or uncontrolled diabetes may not be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Is 70 too old for dental implants?
No age is too old for dental implants, in fact, older people many times find greater benefits from dental implants like improved oral and physical health, improved facial aesthetics and greater confidence. Dental implants are equally effective and long-lasting when use din older patients.
How long do teeth implants last?
A typical dental implant will easily last 25 years or more with good dental hygiene and proper care and maintenance. Maintaining dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth and require twice daily oral care and good hygiene practices. Failure to properly care for and maintain your dental implants can greatly shorten the expected life of your implants.
What is the best age for dental implants?
Dental implants are an appropriate, permanent solution to missing that can last 25 years or more with proper care and maintenance. Since over half of individuals over the age of 65 have at least one missing tooth, dental implants are a popular solutions for older individuals wanting to replace one or more missing teeth, or replace a full arch of teeth with implant supported dentures.
Call for an Appointment
If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.