When children lose their teeth, replacements grow back naturally. For adults, dentists will need to provide the replacements for the teeth you lost. In the past, when you needed replacement teeth, you only had one choice.
With modern technology, you have more options. Here are some of the most popular ones:
The traditional way to replace a person’s teeth is via the use of dentures. These are removable frames that contain the replacement teeth. They are very flexible and allow you to replace any number of teeth. It works by providing a gum-like base where artificial teeth can be placed. The base is attached to a metal frame and this frame is put over your gums to position the replacements.
There are several advantages to using dentures. For one, it is the most affordable options available. Another advantage is that you can start using them as soon as you receive them. Finally, since they are removable, they are easier to clean or maintain and can be removed when they feel a bit tight or chafe too much.
Dentures also have their downsides, though. One of the most notable ones is that they will eventually wear down your gums if they are not perfectly made. This can hurt you in the long run and force you to have your dentures measured or adjusted again. As for the removable frames, there is always chance that the dentures will fall out of your teeth. This can be very embarrassing if you are in the middle of a conversation or when you are eating.
Dental bridges are the next step when it comes to teeth replacement. Instead of a removable frame, there is a frame that is attached to the existing teeth. The bridge is anchored on the teeth and is found on each side of the gap made by the missing teeth.
There are several bridge types that you can choose from. There is the traditional bridge that uses the teeth on each side of the gap as abutments. They both receive crowns and the bridge is anchored to them. Porcelain or ceramic teeth are then placed on the frame. Cantilevered bridges are similar, but they only use one abutment teeth.
Maryland bridges don’t use crowns. They are actually bonded by resin behind the teeth. Resin is variable in its connection, so it might become detached. However, it is easy to reattach and your teeth don’t need to be crowned in this approach.
Bridges are very quick to set-up. Two appointments, usually a week or so apart, are needed to install the bridge. The first one will have the dentists preparing the teeth to be crowned. The second appointment will have the bridge being installed.
The best option for single-tooth replacements is the installation of dental implants. They are titanium roots that are implanted directly into your jaw. A crown is then placed on top of it to act as the new teeth. Implants are permanent and can even be more durable. In the past, dental implants were difficult to find. Now, many dentists can provide dental implants in Townsville and other areas in Australia and the world.
The biggest hurdle for those who want dental implants is that they can take a year to be fully inserted into a person’s mouth. If you can’t wait that long, then one of the other options might work for you. But if you have the time and money, dental implants can beat all the other choices.
Teeth are not forever, but their replacements tend to be more durable and long lasting. Some people may prefer one option over the other. It will be up to you and your dentist to choose the right one for your situation.