Usually, the best course of action for missing teeth is to replace them as soon as possible to keep your mouth healthy and prevent further loss of tooth structure. Our Ottawa dentists discuss a variety of options for replacing your missing teeth, so you and your dentist can determine which option is best for you.
Do I have to replace missing teeth?
When teeth are missing, they can cause a variety of oral health problems if not addressed. Because the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions this can cause a number of issues including discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and misalignment of the bite.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs 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 visit your dentist, they will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs and fits your financial budget.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. This approach can take some getting used to, and the results are not exactly the same as having your natural teeth. On the other hand, modern dentures are natural-looking, comfortable, and highly functional, and they are the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth in many cases.
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 except for the colour. 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.