Going through life with missing teeth is not only inconvenient for chewing food it negatively affects your appearance. Fortunately, restorative dentistry with modern dental appliances and techniques, there are more options to treating missing teeth than merely fitting you with dentures. These options are not only permanent fixes; these options look better than ill-fitting dentures, which are cared for just like your regular teeth. There are many reasons for teeth to go missing, including:
- Excessive decay
- Gum disease
Dental bridges are frequently used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. A bridge fills this gap by crowning the tooth on either side, while supporting a porcelain replacement in between. This option requires the removing significant portions of healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to support the crowns. The underlying bone structure may continue to deteriorate because there is not stimulation where the bridge resides. The dentist may determine that a more permanent option, dental implant should be used. With an implant, a titanium screw is fitted into the jaw where the tooth used to reside, simulating the root structure. A custom created cap is affixed to the screw for permanent tooth replacement. Eventually, the titanium screw grows into the bone, strengthening it. To find out more about permanent tooth replacement options for missing teeth, please contact an experienced restorative dentist at the Aesthetic Dental Studio in Calgary, Alberta for an initial consultation.