Dentists will save a tooth if they can. If a molar develops cavities, for instance, they will extract the decay and consider filling it. If a tooth has a chip, dentists can repair the damage through dental bonding or with veneers. If, however, a tooth is beyond saving because of trauma, disease, or crowding, your dentist will have to extract it.
Thankfully, with today’s advanced dental technology, you won’t have to live with having one or more gaps to your teeth for the remainder of your life.
Permanent Teeth Replacement
If you lose a permanent tooth along the center of your upper or lower jaw, the resulting gap will give the remaining teeth room to spread out. Many people find this unpleasant, aesthetically speaking. But aside from altering your smile, multiple gaps between the teeth may also make you more prone to tooth and gum disease.
Getting a dental implant with a ceramic crown will solve this problem. Implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, after all. By filling the gaps left behind by extractions, they prevent the rest of your teeth from spreading out. Implants are durable and permanent, and they ensure that you retain ease of speech and chewing.
Your Non-Surgical Option: Removable Dentures
If you are uncomfortable with surgical replacement, your next best option is to get dentures. Depending on the number and the positions of the teeth you lost, you might need complete or partial dentures.
As the name suggests, complete dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between good teeth. A partial denture may be a single replacement tooth or a dental bridge consisting of two or more replacement teeth which are in precise positions along the wire. So, when you put on the dentures, the artificial teeth will slide perfectly in place.
Removable dentures cost less than dental implants, but they require careful handling. If you want to learn more about implants and removable dentures, give us a call or drop by Mahoney Family Dentistry in South Bend, Indiana. We can help you find the best method to retain your smile.