Accidents, aging, and tooth extractions are reasons why many have missing teeth. This loss can have a negative effect on your smile and self-esteem. Young children lose teeth, and a few months later, permanent teeth grow in. But when permanent teeth are lost, it’s embarrassing and stressful, plus it makes it difficult to chew food and can be expensive to replace. However, teeth need to be replaced as quickly as possible after tooth loss because over time, it causes a person’s bite to be misaligned.
Options to replace missing teeth include dentures, partial dentures or bridges, and implants. As a result of serious gum disease and decay, teeth may have to be extracted. If that should happen, your Medicaid dentist in Hudson or a dental specialist called a prosthodondist, who restores and replaces teeth, can provide several options to replace missing teeth.
Your Medicaid dentist in Hudson or a prosthodontist could make you a set of false teeth or dentures. With dentures, all of your teeth are extracted to be replaced with upper and lower bases that are fitted to go over your gums. It’s better to have your own natural teeth, but dentures are a functional and effective alternative to being toothless.
If you are able to keep some of your teeth, fixed or removable dental bridges or partial dentures may be an answer to fill in the gaps of your missing teeth. Fixed dental bridges could be an option if you have healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth. The healthy teeth could be reconfigured to allow for dental crowns. The artificial tooth and the dental crowns are bonded together to form a dental bridge to the two sustaining teeth.
Dental implants are the next best thing to having permanent teeth. You can have a full mouth of teeth or just fill in the gaps like dentures and denture partials, but with implants, you don’t have to worry that your teeth will fall out. They are absolutely permanent. An oral surgeon called a periodontist implants metal posts, into the jawbone to act as anchors for new artificial teeth. The new false teeth are then attached to the posts and look completely like natural teeth. The most common implant procedure is endosteal, where the implant goes straight into the jawbone. The other procedure has more complications and is rarely used; it is called subperiosteal.