Our dentists recommend that you replace missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent further complications from occurring. Our the Okanagan Valley dentists discuss some of the available options for replacing missing teeth, and how you can decide which one is right for you.
Why is it important to replace my missing teeth?
When teeth are missing, they can cause a variety of oral health problems if left untreated. Because the remaining teeth can shift out of their proper positions, discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and misalignment of the bite are all possible.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, when this happens it will lead to the loss of facial function.
What Are Some Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?
When you come into our the Okanagan Valley dental office, your dentist will go over the following tooth replacement options with you and assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs and fits within your financial budget.
Dentures are the only tooth replacement option that is removable. The procedure can take some getting used to, and the results will never be exactly the same as having your natural teeth. Modern dentures, on the other hand, are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and highly functional, and they are the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth in most cases.
If you are considering dentures then it will be good to know that there are two options available for dentures, full and partial. Full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth in a row. Based on the impressions taken of your mouth, your dentures will be made specifically for you.
A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement that is attached to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing. Dental bridges are non-removable, resulting in a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. Dental bridges are designed to last for an extended period of time when properly cared for.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
The dental implant and crown combination has the appearance, feel, and function of a natural tooth in almost every way except for the colour. While implants tend to be more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, they are long-lasting and resemble your natural teeth and so many people find them to be an ideal option.