Replacing missing teeth can help you chew and speak more easily and can also help preserve your facial structure. Today our Kelowna dentists explain the options available for replacing missing teeth.
Do I really need to replace my missing teeth?
When teeth are missing, they can cause a variety of oral health problems if left untreated. They can cause the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions as well as causing discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and misalignment.
A condition known as facial collapse can occur when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you come into our Kelowna dental office, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs and fits within your financial budget.
Dentures are tooth replacements that are removable. Dentures look very much like your natural teeth and are comfortable and highly functional. Typically, they are the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth.
Depending on your requirements, you can choose between two different types of dentures. Full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth in a row. Based on the impressions taken of your mouth, your dentures will be made specifically for you.
A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement that is attached to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing. Dental bridges are non-removable, resulting in a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. Following its installation, your dental bridge will last for many years before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
The dental implant and crown combination has the appearance, feel, and function of a natural tooth in almost every way. While implants tend to be more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people find that the natural look and feel they provide are worth the investment. With proper care, dental implants may last 25 years or more.