The need for replacing or restoring missing teeth can never be underrated. Dental restoration is the process of replacing missing teeth or mitigating existing damage to prevent tooth loss. Restoring or replacing the teeth can be done in various ways with bridges, implants, and dentures being the most prominent options.
When one or more teeth go missing in a row, gaps start forming and the person can have impaired speck or trouble chewing hard foods. Dr. Perez recommends prompt dental replacement for many of her patients.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants that the latest and highly effective replacement or restorative treatment. They are ideal because an implant does not need a lot for it to be implanted firmly. It needs jawbone support and some implants can last a lifetime. Installation involves a special titanium screw inserted into the jawbone. It will be firmly attached in a few months, paving the way for a permanent artificial tooth to be screwed in place.
It is possible for a patient to get several dental implants if their jawbones are healthy enough to offer the necessary support. People with weak jawbones can benefit from bone grafts to help strengthen the jawbones. The grafts might prolong the dental restoration process, but make implanting the artificial teeth possible. Patients prefer dental implants because they are the closest thing to having natural teeth, and they help restore the lost bite, chewing, and smiling.
Dental implants are mostly designed to last a lifetime. They are durable artificial tooth but can break if not cared for properly. It one breaks, removal and replacement are possible since the attachment screw is the essential element in the implant.
2. Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are another viable option for restoration treatment. However, they do need adequate support, as any bridge would, which will come from the teeth next to the empty socket. If an implant is not possible because of a weak jawbone, a bridge might suffice. But the dental bridges also will not work if the adjacent teeth are not healthy and firmly rooted in the jawbone.
Installing the dental bridges entails modifying them to ensure they are a perfect fit. Please note that any dental decay or damages to the supporting teeth in the future will result in the bridge become loose and falling off. The bridges are a permanent solution that can last for a much as 15 years, and removal will require a visit to the dentist.
Dentists recommend taking care of the dental bridges by following standard dental hygiene practices of brushing at least twice a day and flossing occasionally. They also advise against chewing hard foods.
Dentures are a removal restorative method. Patients can take them off and clean them when going to bed. They are attached to the teeth using clasps and are not hard to get used to – it takes a few days to learn to talk, bit, and chew with the dentures in place.
Determining Which Is The Best Dental Restoration Procedure For You
Dr. Perez conducts a comprehensive assessment to know which of the three mentioned dental restoration or replacement options to recommend. However, if your teeth and jawbone are healthy, then what you pick boils down to your preference. Dentures will suffice if you want something you can take off, but implants are the best choice if you want a long-term solution.