Ways Your Dentist Can Replace A Missing Tooth

missing toothWe all know that baby teeth are meant to fall out, but permanent teeth are meant to be permanent! But sometimes for one reason or another, you may end up losing a permanent tooth, or teeth. If you do lose a permanent tooth, there are a few ways that your dentist can replace that missing tooth.

Dentures – Dentures can be used to replace many or all of your missing teeth. They look just like real teeth and are used just like permanent teeth. But, they are removable. You take them out at night. Dentures have come a long way and are a really great and probably least expensive option for missing teeth.

Bridges – A dental bridge is basically two crowns with a replacement tooth between them. The two crowns fit over the two permanent teeth in your mouth that are on either side of the missing tooth. This is a great option if the teeth next to your missing tooth would need crowns anyway. If they are very healthy teeth, you may want to consider other options.

Implants – A dental implant is a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is. Then an artificial tooth is joined to the screw. This is an excellent option for missing teeth, but not all people are able to receive them. There has to be enough bone to hold the implant and a good medical history.

Stem Cell Therapy – This option is coming in the near future. There are many types of adult stem cells found in dental tissue. Researchers have been able to use these stem cells to grow parts of teeth.

No matter how you have lost a tooth, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best option for you. There is no need to be embarrassed about how you look or to not have the full use of your mouth and teeth. Get your tooth replaced now!

3 (and soon to be 4) Ways Your Dentist Can Replace Missing Teeth|Huffington Post

The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option

tooth replacement optionMany people deal with tooth loss and struggle with their look as it can be a source of embarrassment and anxiety. In a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, researchers found the most popular tooth replacement option.

According to the study, dental implants were the most popular tooth replacement option.  Followed by dentures as the second. This study is helpful in driving the decision making process of dental professionals when determining what’s best for patients.

Read more about this study here: The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option – Miami Dental Sedation Spa.

Evolution Of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is a way to make your smile as good as new.  But just like everything in medicine, it has come a long way from when it first began.  Here are some ways that cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years.

When dentists first started filling cavities, it was with gold foil.  Next came metal fillings.  Now dentists can fill your cavity with composite fillings.  These are a mix of plastic and glass and are tooth colored for a more natural appearance.

Another dental issue is missing teeth. Dentures have long been a way for people to hide their missing teeth. Bridges are another option which hide the missing tooth by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. While these two options are still used, a more popular solution is the dental implant.  These are posts that are screwed into the jawbone and gums to replace a missing tooth root.  Then the part that looks just like a regular tooth is screwed in on top. Dental implants have the same cosmetic benefits of bridges but they also support the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, which can sometimes be a problem with bridges and dentures.

Changes In Cosmetic Dentistry Over the Years|The Dental Geek

Full Arch Implant Dentures

full arch implant denturesIf you have missing teeth you may be overwhelmed with the many options available for fixing them. It used to be that the only option for someone who had lost their teeth was removable dentures.  But now, implants are available as a permanent tooth replacement option.  But they are expensive and don’t work for everyone. One exciting option that is now available is full arch implant dentures.  This is a process that attaches false teeth directly to the gums via implants. They are very natural looking and comfortable.

Read more about full arch implant dentures in this article from Your Dental Health Resource!

How Do I Take Care Of My Dentures?

denturesThose who use full dentures may have a misconception that they don’t need to brush their teeth now that there are no natural teeth remaining in their mouth. But good oral hygiene maintenance is mandatory in any condition- with teeth or without. You should note that your gums and soft tissues remain under your dentures for more than eighteen hours a day. They deserve proper rest and stimulation so that they rejuvenate themselves and become ready for the next day.

Therefore, you should brush your gums with a soft bristle toothbrush. You should remember to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. It may tickle initially for the first few days but keeping the roof of your mouth clean is important as that place is occupied by the denture surface. Brushing removes the layer of plaque that is formed by the remnant of food particles and oral bacteria. Apart from that, brushing stimulates the oral tissues causing enhanced blood circulation.

You need to clean your dentures and take good care of them so that they stay in good shape for a longer time. Here is a list of few simple tips that you can follow to keep your dentures sparkling clean:

  • Take some water in your mouth and swish it all around to loosen any debris that has gotten stuck to your dentures.
  • Now take them out and brush every surface with a soft-bristled toothbrush. The cleaning agent that you use should little to no abrasives. This is to avoid the development of any scratches on the denture surface.
  • Wash them thoroughly with water and store them in a neat container that is filled with water. Water prevents the dentures from undergoing shape deterioration in a dry environment.  Do not forget to keep the container in a safe place as a fall may break your dentures.
  • For some people, the dentists may suggest to use denture adhesives. These are available in creams or gels or powders and have to be used as directed by your dentist.
  • Never try to wash them in boiling water as this will result in permanent damage to denture shape and fit and you may have to get them replaced.
  • If you come across any problems like a sharp edge or inability to chew properly or the dentures falling down as you try to open your mouth, report to your dentist as soon as possible. Loose s can cause a lot of harm to the underlying bone.

Visit your dentist regularly so that you can still have your mouth and dentures checked. If you have any issues with your dentures, take note of them so that you can talk with your dentist about them.