3 options to replace missing teeth in Edmonton
Blacking out a few teeth for a costume party is funny, but losing them in real life is not amusing at all. If you have experienced the loss of one or more teeth due to gum disease, normal wear and tear or dental injury, your Edmonton dentist can help. Here are three excellent options used today to replace missing teeth and restore smiles:
Dentures are a good choice when a full upper or lower set of teeth is required. It is true that even modern dentures are never going to be like having your own teeth, but today there are many significant improvements.
Not only is there a range of tooth shapes and colors to choose from, but your dentist can also custom-fit them to your mouth. This approach ensures a comfortable fit, helps to prevent slippage and allows a more natural-looking appearance.
2. Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used when there are smaller gaps. The teeth on either side of this gap are used as anchors for new prosthetic teeth. First they are prepared and shaped by your dentist, and then an impression is taken of the area. This impression is used to create crowns for that will be attached to your new prosthetic teeth.
When the final, properly fitted bridge is ready, the crowns are placed over your prepared teeth, any necessary adjustments are made, and it is cemented into place.
3. Dental implants
Dental implants are the treatment option that most closely resemble your own human teeth, and it is also the most permanent solution. While it is not a fast method, once the implant is firmly in place, you do not have to remove it for cleaning or worry about it slipping. In fact, you care for it in the same way as your existing teeth.
The procedure involves the surgical insertion of a titanium post into your jawbone, and then there is a healing time that can last from weeks to months. When the gum tissue and bone around the post has healed, a dental crown is placed over the post to finish your new tooth.
Where can you learn more?
You can learn more about these and other methods used to replace missing teeth by contacting your Edmonton dentist. After a thorough exam, he or she can recommend the best teeth replacement treatment option for you.
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