Are You Missing Teeth? 4 Options That Can Help You Enjoy a Full Smile Again!

Missing Teeth? 4 Options That Can Help You Enjoy a Full Smile!

Are You Missing Teeth?

Missing Teeth? 4 Options That Can Help You Enjoy a Full Smile!If you find yourself in the uncomfortable situation of missing teeth, it can certainly diminish your confidence. No matter how you lost your tooth or teeth, it can affect you both cosmetically and functionally. It can also cause your teeth to become out of alignment, which can lead to various conditions. Additionally, not replacing missing teeth can lead to bone loss of the jawbone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the average American over the age of 50 has 12 or more missing teeth. It is a common problem that has been greatly influenced by our traditional American diet of processed foods. Fortunately, there are several solutions to restore your missing teeth.

At Carolina Dental Arts, we provide restorative dentistry services that will help you regain your smile. We utilize state-of-the-art technologies that effectively restore missing teeth. Let’s explore your options!

1. Dental Implants

Dental implants provide permanent replacement of missing teeth. It is an option that has become increasingly popular as technology continues to evolve. Many people find this solution better than bridges or dentures. This permanent solution is highly reliable and convenient.

Whether your missing a single tooth or multiple ones, dental implants will last a lifetime. Although the process is a bit more involved than other options, it is certainly worth it. To begin, your dentist replaces the root of the missing tooth with metal screws. This new root serves as an anchor that will hold the new tooth in place.

Once the new root is established, it has to heal for a few months and fully fuse to the jawbone. When this implant has completely healed, your dentist will be ready to place and secure the dental crown. You will then be ready to enjoy your new tooth as if it were your natural one as it will look and feel like your own.

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2. Dentures and Partial Dentures

Replacing missing teeth with dentures is much better than it was in the past. Today’s technology allows dentures to be much more comfortable and realistic. It is a convenient way to replace missing teeth. There are some key differences to keep in mind between dentures and partial dentures.

Complete, Traditional, or Full Dentures

Full dentures are useful for patients who need to replace all of their teeth of the upper and lower jawbone. There are various styles of dentures depending on your needs. Your dentist will assess your condition and provide all options for you to consider.

Partial Dentures

For patients who are only missing some of their teeth, partial dentures are effective. They are removable and can stay in place with clasps and a metal framework. Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures. It is necessary to place crowns on adjacent teeth to serve as anchors.

Partial dentures allow the patient to maintain the strength and health of the remaining teeth and bone structure. They are easy to clean and have a natural look and feel.

Both full and partial dentures allow you to speak and chew naturally. The color is matched to the appearance of your natural teeth. It takes little time to adjust to them and the procedure is not as invasive as implants.

3. Dental Flippers

Flipper teeth also called acrylic removable partial denture is a prosthetic option that is attractive and functional. It fits comfortably along the palate of your mouth or sits on your lower jaw. The flipper commonly has one or multiple prosthetic teeth connected to the structure.

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Dental flippers are one of the best temporary tooth replacement solutions because they are easy to remove and require no invasive procedures. In addition, they are more affordable than other options. This is an alternative that appears and functions relatively naturally while covering the gap created by a missing tooth. Furthermore, it prevents your teeth from shifting until you receive a permanent replacement.

4. Fixed Dental Bridges

Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. Some people have an increased risk of implant failure. Your dentist will determine which options for which you are a good candidate and provide achievable solutions. An effective alternative to dental implants is fixed dental bridges.

A fixed bridge is a permanent solution that is cemented into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. The bridge is anchored on abutment teeth, which are the teeth on both sides of the gap. These teeth are crowned to provide the structure necessary to anchor the bridge.

A fixed dental bridge allows you to enjoy the cosmetic and functional benefits you expect from a permanent solution. You won’t have to worry about dentures slipping out of moving while you talk or chew. They also allow you to speak naturally and are very convenient because you don’t have to remove them when doing oral hygiene.

Choose a Trusted Dental Team

If you are missing teeth, our dental team at Carolina Dental Arts in Raleigh will help you restore your smile. We conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition to ensure we present the best options available. You’ll be fully educated on the various tooth replacement methods to ensure you are confident with the choice you make.

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Our practice serves Raleigh, New Bern Ave, Goldsboro, Durham, and surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule a consultation and be one step closer to a beautiful restored smile!

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