November, 2017

Why Tooth Replacement Matters | Dental Implants | Dentures - Sakra World Hospital

Why Tooth Replacement Matters

We wish that teeth behaved like the rest of our body, healing and repairing themselves naturally. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Unlike a broken bone that will eventually heal, you need professional intervention to restore the look and function after you’ve suffered from tooth loss as an adult.

But why does it matter whether or not you replace missing teeth? Here are a few of the ways missing teeth can affect your life:

-You aren’t able to eat healthy foods because you’ve lost the ability to chew certain foods.
-You avoid social interaction out of embarrassment about your smile and suffer the loneliness of that isolation.
-You’re in constant pain due to missing teeth or having to chew on only one side.
-You’re constantly worried about embarrassing shifting of loose-fitting dentures.
-You’ve lost bone mass, other teeth, or are at a risk for losing other teeth.

When you’re missing several teeth or you wear dentures that simply sit on the top of your gum line, you’re not able to engage your jawbone to its full potential. As a result, your bone and gums can deteriorate and cause a chain reaction of other devastating oral health problems.

Technology Allows More Options in Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants

With our advanced technology, our dentists can place dental implants into your jaw that fuse with your bone and encourage healthier bone growth. The implant is covered with a natural-looking dental restoration that will give you almost as strong a bite force as a normal, healthy tooth.

You can also choose metal-free zirconium dental implants if you’re interested in tooth replacement that’s made of more biocompatible material.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Because dentures rest on your gums, all the adhesive in the world won’t give you the security you need to live free of limitations. You can’t enjoy life if you’re always worried about potentially embarrassing slips while you eat, laugh, and speak around others. Dentures have to be replaced and refitted over the years, as well.

With implant-supported dentures, you have a full set of beautiful teeth anchored by incredibly strong dental implants that allow you to do all the things you could before you lost any teeth.

Non-Implant Option for Replacing a Single Tooth

A predominant alternative to dental-implant supported single tooth restoration is a tooth- supported fixed-bridge. It has several disadvantages when compared to dental implants. Placement of a tooth-supported bridge involves grinding away – or damaging – healthy, adjacent teeth, which will be attached to, and used to support, the bridge. Natural bone underneath a tooth-supported bridge may worsen over time, changing the appearance of your smile and face as it isn’t as stimulated as under an implanted tooth.

Removable partial dentures don't require grinding down adjacent teeth but are not nearly as stable or comfortable as dental implants and can affect speech and eating. This type of restoration is cheaper in terms of cost but fails to look as natural or work as well as an implant-supported ceramic crown. Removable partial dentures may also affect your speech and be eating in ways that are embarrassing. It should also be kept in mind that the bone underneath a removable partial denture may worsen over time changing the way of your smile and face appear to others.

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