The three most common ways for a dentist to replace one or more missing teeth are: a bridge, dental implants, or a partial denture.
Primarily – the aging process. The aging process is a curious part of the cycle of life, and if you are like most people, you want to control the process. For instance, to maintain a healthy body, you might center your attention on diet and exercise; however, do you apply the same attention to your teeth, too? If not, part of your aging process may include dental problems. Just like any other device, over time, teeth have the tendency to deteriorate: wear down, chip, crack, or fall out, and unfortunately, even if you have practiced good dental hygiene throughout your life, you may still have dental problems develop, as you grow older.
Another reason to consider tooth replacement is the condition of your teeth after the side effects of modern drugs. Sometimes their side effects decrease your body's ability to fight cavities. Crowns can repair cavities, but when the decay is so great, the healthier dental choice is for the removal of your tooth, and once removed, tooth replacement becomes the optimal choice to maintain your smile. Dr. Koch, of Family & Implant Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, will recommend the dental option appropriate your dental needs.
Tooth replacement consideration also wards off the possible long-term oral and medical health issues associated with missing teeth. Your teeth provide more functions than just the ability to chew. Teeth help maintain the health of your gums, jaw, and other teeth, as well. By choosing a tooth replacement procedure, you are opting for procedure that is a very important aspect of your overall health.
Finally, tooth replacement may be necessary after an accident that has left broken or missing teeth, affecting how you look and feel about yourself, and as unfortunate as an accident may be, teeth replacement options can restored your natural smile, restoring your confidence.
The two most common options for tooth replacement are dental implants and dental bridges. The dental procedure used will depend mainly on the number of teeth that require replacement. For example, if you are missing just one tooth, implants have become the preferred treatment by most dentists; however, Dr. Koch will discuss the preferred treatment for you.
When the preferred treatment to replace your tooth is an implant, Dr. Koch will place a dental implant into the space missing your tooth, simulating the root of your missing tooth. Next, he connects a small post, called an "abutment," to the implant. Finally, he cements the replacement tooth on top of the abutment, creating a tooth that looks and functions just like your natural tooth.
Dr. Koch might also recommend a bridge as a tooth replacement option. The fixed or partial denture is termed "bridge" in dentistry because the device simulates a bridge by connecting the replacement tooth permanently to your adjacent teeth or other dental implants.
Bridge types vary depending on the replacement. At your dental exam, Dr. Koch specifies how the dental laboratory manufactures your bridge and decides the appropriate anchoring technique to connect the bridge to your adjacent teeth. The dental lab technician creates bridges by using crowns and implants.
Tooth replacement is the perfect way to protect your overall general health. Dr. Koch, of Family & Implant Dental Care, will gladly discuss your tooth replacement options for your healthier, fuller smile.