Our teeth are designed to work together and help us chew, speak and smile. When we lose a tooth regardless of the reason, it becomes difficult to so these simple things; even the loss of a single back took can affect the teeth proper function.
But that is not all. When a missing tooth is not replaced, other teeth will be susceptible to drift out of position, changing the bite. Furthermore, it will lead the loss of jaw bone and support for the facial tissues, causing our appearance to change which in turn can make one look older.
When it comes to teeth replacement, there is a number of options you can consider. However, some of them tend to be more effective than others. These are the option we suggest.
Single Tooth Partial Denture
A single tooth attached to a removable clasp. It is generally the cheapest teeth replacement option, the easiest to remove and maintain and is also easy to repair in case of breakage. Drawbacks include lack of secure connection, gum irritation and discomfort. When biting, in rare cases, it may occur for the partial denture to move and shift.
Resin Bonded Bridge
This option offers some benefits over the previous one as it is fixed to your mouth. In this case, a dental drill is used to reduce the impact on neighboring teeth and a prosthesis is then added to the back of the natural teeth. A resin bonded bridge is a reliable and tested technique that can last for many years. But again, with the absence of the natural root, the bone above the crown will inevitable begin to shrink. Every day biting forces will also start to apply opposing pressures that will loosen the bond over time.
Many people choose this teeth replacement option because it does not involve any kind of disturbance or destruction (no matter how minor) to the natural teeth. The implant replaces the natural tooth root with the help of an abutment which is secured to the implant and a crown that is secured to the abutment. A dental implant mimics the design and function of your natural tooth. With a solid foundation of bone that keeps it stable, it is considered the most secure option available when it comes to resuming normal functions such as biting and chewing. Although a dental implant can cost you more upfront, it feels and functions like a natural tooth and it is proved to outlast all other single tooth replacement options.
To find out what is the best option to replace your lost tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will evaluate your case closely and together with you find the right solution according to your specific needs.