Do you feel stumped as to what kind of dental prosthetic is right for you? You may have already felt frustrated and embarrassed at the loss of a tooth. But now is it overwhelming weighing your options, and trying to determine how to best cope with the loss? If so, your restorative dentist can help determine which treatment is best, based on your smile needs, your budget and your overall oral health. That way you can get back to enjoying your life, instead of suffering from the many side effects of tooth loss.
What Are Your Concerns?
There are a number of compelling reasons to seek smile restoration after tooth loss, even if the missing tooth wasn’t in a highly visible space, and therefore has not created a cosmetic concern.
First, completing the smile can improve the function of your bite, allowing you to chew more comfortably and easily. Without a replacement tooth or teeth, many patients struggle with malnutrition, because they find eating foods difficult.
Secondly, over time, the loss of a healthy tooth root can cause the jaw to shrink. This deterioration can then lead to alignment problems, and eventually tooth loss. So coping with tooth loss is always important, even when it doesn’t create a cosmetic concern.
Which Option Is Right for You?
Dentures remain the most common form of dental prosthetic, likely because they are both affordable and quick. Partial dentures can be used as part of a dental bridge or implant, or worn alone, with the use of adhesive. Full dentures can often be held in place without the need for adhesive.